Imgur is the most popular launch nobody speaks. Sharing images and upvoting site has a stunning 150 million users a month, that look 60 billion memes Côte GIFS, sob stories and science explainers month. But given the 82% of them spend 3 hours a week Imgur, and 17% spend more than 10 hours, you can definitely be considered Imgur addictive. People endlessly view the homepage of the virus images in search of something hysterical, heart or mind-blowing.
However, in the 6 years he worked, Imgur never had someone dedicated to seeing the more than engineering that keeps the site from bending under load. Insanely busy CEO and founder Alan Schaaf Imgur originally coded site, but now he has to run the business, staff, community management, and more.
So Imgur just hired its first VP of Engineering, and he is already working on new ways to ensure that you never leave.
Ron Benson holds a PhD in artificial intelligence neural network from CalTech, and was a former vice president of engineering at Walmart eCommerce. In both, he learned how to build a recommendation engine that understand the relationship between the images and the fact that someone wants to see a number on the basis of what they just watched.
Now it will build a recommendation engine to Imgur. Starting 60th person actually works 31 engineers, so that their new VP It will be a lot of help.
One way would be to make recommendations through image recognition. Imagine that, if you upvoted cat GIF, Imgur can instantly recommend you look elsewhere. Or, if you like like Insanity Wolf meme or socially awkward penguin, you might notice in the direction of more of them.
Imgur may also match user preferences. Then, if you upvote image, and then another, Imgur may recommend a second for people like you, upvoted first.
Comments on Imgur can also be produced for the signals that indicate the position will be popular with many people. “We know things that most viral ends with [the home page] Imgur is just the tip of the iceberg,” Schaaf told me. A lot of great content is lost because it is posted at the wrong time, when no one is looking.
Now Imgur not intended to be personal. Schaaf calls home “common experience”, because everyone sees the same image is. It combines Imgurians, allowing them to develop inside jokes and unwritten rules, and rally for worthy causes.
Imgur way for people to get away from their IRL struggle and find a sense of community. So in a way, all the time spent there well. Nevertheless, it would be nice to see Imgur donations or studies of Internet addiction.
For better or worse, Imgur proudly advertises itself as “a high concentration of millennial women in the Internet.” But as growing Imgur, it UserBase naturally become more diverse, beginning with broader tastes.
Recommendation Engine can allow users to find their unique rabbit hole dive. This means that if you want to laugh after getting chewed at work, or need to hear about someone else’s tragedy, to make you feel less alone after the collapse, you could do something else than looking random homepage.
“The mission to cheer up the world a few moments every day,” Benson tells me. “We have to figure out how to do it.”
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