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I love the search functionality. I'm kind of addicted to the searchbox. Would you say that's the main use case you guys are expecting?
Omar El Amri
Omar El AmriMaker@oelamri
@salimben60 Yes, we are noticing a lot of people using the app primarily for search, and we are thinking about making the searchbox more prominent. The main use case, though, is skimming the news feed to quickly get an idea of the news and clicking on a couple of articles. That's what it was primarily designed for.
Charlie Pinto
Charlie Pinto@charliepinto · Founder / investor
Very cool! Could your algorithm curate news, articles, or research papers based on topics/keywords chosen by the user?
Omar El Amri
Omar El AmriMaker@oelamri
@charliepinto Yes, you can use the searchbox to search for news by topic. And you can follow topics to customize your feed.
Hsn Ktş
Hsn Ktş@hsn_kts · manager
How do you choose the news on the front page?
Omar El Amri
Omar El AmriMaker@oelamri
@hsn_kts We use an algorithm that -- at a high level -- uses popularity, reliability of source, and relevance to user. And it gets better with use.
Vikas Jha
Vikas Jha@get2vikasjha · Digital Entrepreneur & Ex- VC
@oelamri are the sources only from particular geography?
Omar El Amri
Omar El AmriMaker@oelamri
@get2vikasjha We're focused on US based sources for now, but we do plan of internationalizing soon.
Keir Williams
Keir Williams@keirwilliams · Officer at @TheGreenParty
@oelamri I'd be interested in joining a mailing list to know when you launch in the UK.
Grant Fuellenbach
Grant Fuellenbach@grant_fuellenbach · Jack of all Trades, Growth Ops @ TextUs
I can appreciate the fact that you have established an algorithm that determines the best news source but the topics aren't quite there yet. For example, if I want to search for the 'Industrial Aftermarket', nothing is found in the search menu. Moreover, in order for an application to really be groundbreaking, in my opinion, it needs to work off of data that a user has already inputted elsewhere. Namely, I would like the application to find my interests and topics that I have already inputted in Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
Omar El Amri
Omar El AmriMaker@oelamri
@grant_fuellenbach Hi Grant, if you log in with Facebook, it gets all your interests from Facebook. This runs in the background, and it gets better over time. It then uses these to customize the summaries to you.