I was wondering recently. There is such a huge scope of how stories are posted and the algorithms that go into it and I understand that. But I have been observing over the past few days how stories are categorized, and I think the system is very old fashioned, broken even.
You still have stories from 6 years ago being recommended because they have millions of views (This is really cool, but also slightly unfair.) These stories have millions of views and people are always clicking on them to read them because they want to see what all the hype is about, so those stories get more and more reads.
I know people don’t have time to search millions of stories, or necessarily the want to search through millions of stories before picking one so normally the curiosity to see what the big deal is can win out in the end.
Have you guys thought about updating the app to make it more accessible to new stories and writers who have no fan base and are suffering from the lack of ability to know how to reach the readers that they could have if they could just find them?
The thing about those stories that are 4-7years old is that back then the site was newer and had much less writing on it. Now it’s like going net fishing in the ocean with a handheld net. The recommendations and explore something different are great sections, but promote stories that already have hundreds of thousands to millions of reads on them(or at least on my page they do).
I was wondering if you guys have thought about scrolling stories the way they do with tv and movie viewing sites, novels are just another form of information and entertainment, I think they could be treated the same way.
This idea would work really well for recommendations and new stories in all categories that way under-appreciated talent and their stories in all categories have a chance to be seen too. I especially think there should be a giant banner type thing scrolling under categories like brand new right now. Hot right now. Stories that Match your reads. New categories like these would be very helpful, and if they scroll through stories, that would be awesome.