The Design Problem ¶
Decentralized social network providers struggle to decide between displaying everything and allowing users to choose certain filter options. This requires a lot of overhead in managing user feeds, and restricts user choice in what they are able to see.
The Design Solution ¶
Users can pick third-party organizations, applications, or services to curate their content feed. Make it easy for developers to write programs that provide curation for social network feeds. Allow users to choose what algorithm(s) they want to use.
Why Choose Content Curators? ¶
- When you want to give users choice, flexibility, and control over feeds.
- When you want to enable an ecosystem or marketplace of filters & algorithms.
Best Practices: How to Implement Content Curators? ¶
- Only place trusted and verified third parties in the role of content curators.
- Allow users to access more interesting and relevant content and therefore fosters a stronger and meaningful relationship with their network.
Potential Problems with Content Curators? ¶
- Keep in mind that not all algorithms are necessarily good at curating content. In addition, they will each have their own biases. This can be made clear to users by including descriptions about each algorithm and what they do.
- The added value of this pattern will depend on if content curators are vetted properly or if it is easy to use.
The Take-Away ¶
This is more of an opt-in option rather than a catch-all solution for curating feeds.