Ever decreasing circles

I have just been sent an invite to a service that claims that their “matching algorithm globally identifies the best sparring partners for benchmarking and experience exchange among your peers.” Now to be fair I haven’t tried out the service yet but if it is another “people like you” sort of algorithm I am not interested.

In terms of making business connections I want to meet people who are NOT like me. By definition my potential clients are people who don’t know what I know and haven’t done what I have done. But even in personal terms I don’t always want to meet people like me. I want to meet interesting people who stretch me, who help me learn something about life and about myself.

There is a real risk with our online tools that we end up in ever smaller echo chambers, reinforcing our prejudices and confirming our biases. I did say the other day that Facebook is like talking to yourself but better – but it is only better if it is not exactly like talking to yourself!

3 thoughts on “Ever decreasing circles

  1. I read recently that there are concerns with the new Google search results which prioritise results according to what it has analysed your activity profile to be! You will rarely be offered search results that may promote ideas that are alien to your recent thinking! DISCUSS!

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  2. I read recently that there are concerns with the new Google search results which prioritise results according to what it has analysed your activity profile to be! You will rarely be offered search results that may promote ideas that are alien to your recent thinking! DISCUSS!

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