Comment 81514

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted October 12, 2012 at 09:58:15 in reply to Comment 81512

The twitter thing is a ham-fisted approach. They just picked a bunch of prominent Hamilton twitter usernames and had their system follow those people. I guess the reasoning is that those folks could be trusted not to post something embarrassingly profane or something, whereas any intelligent heuristic system could be gamed by users intent on trolling the CBC website. For example, heavily retweeted #HamOnt tweets appearing would be a good way to get a better signal-to-noise ratio from more diverse voices, but all it would take would be one troll with a bunch of sockpuppets to exploit it and get something like "Hitler did nothing wrong" to appear on the CBC website.

My biggest problem with the newsmap is its poor usability - it has no coherent back-button, which makes its clustered-news-item-zoom-in-for-more entries a pain to observe.

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