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Suggestions On Your Profile

[UPDATE: See part 2 of this story here:]

Hey all,

I  want to give you a heads up about a new feature we're trying out that we hope will help you discover things on EP  that we think will interest you.

Since we're still playing around with this (to see if it works or not), this is only going to be shown to a small group on EP that we randomly selected. If it turns out that this helps to improve your EP experience, we'll launch this feature for everyone.

Just to give you a sense of what this looks like - we're adding two new boxes to the top right of your profile page (right below where the notifications currently are). The top box is going to be a "Suggestions" box which will show you groups, people, and other things on EP that we think might interest you. These are suggested based on your current interests on EP, so for example if you are in the "I Like Coffee" group we may suggest to you the "I Drink Espresso" group or even the "I Like to Read" group, since we've seen that historically people that like the Coffee group also tend to like these other groups (and many others).

We'll do something similar for friend suggestions, where we'll suggest you someone's profile if the two of you have a lot of friends in common, or are in many of the same groups, or even if you like to read the same stories.

Generally speaking we're doing our best to find suggestions for you that we think you'll like. However, all of these are automatically generated by systems, so you may at times get a suggestions that doesn't make any sense or is a bit unusual. We're hoping that we are coming up with more good suggestions than bad ones, so hopefully this is generally a positive thing for your EP experience!

Also, we are going to have a  "Sponsored Suggestions" box that will be shown underneath. Currently, an ad is being shown in that spot, so this will show up instead of the ad. What we're doing here is trying to show you ads that are more relevant based on your experiences. So, to take the example above, if you're in the "I Love Coffee" group, you may see a "sponsored suggestion" giving you a coupon for Starbucks, or perhaps showing you a coffee machine that you can buy online. We're hoping that by showing you offers and deals that are geared towards your interests, it will make your experience on EP more interesting.

It's important to note that none of the Suggestions (both regular and sponsored) are done on an individual basis (we want to avoid that "creepy" factor!). They are generally done based on groups you've joined.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me a PM, or add it to the comments below. Hopefully we can work through this together to test and improve this feature, so please bear with us as we iron out a few kinks here and there. Thanks all.

EPJulio EPJulio 26-30, M 49 Responses Jun 29, 2009

Your Response


I do not mind the ads. However, please stop suggesting people, groups, etc. unless I can opt-out of them. It is fine by me to display ads chosen by algorithms, but put these other suggestions in a box I can dismiss entirely. Algorithms are not for me.

I await it with pleasure!

Every member suggested for me is male. I only want females suggested

First since I a pretty new here think it was kind of nice that I was one of the people selected. After I read what was posted on my page after clicking (?)...I went to see what it was showing me...(didn't hit "next") clicked on a arrow...they all disappeared. I don't see how to get them back. It just says now that is doesn't have any suggestions for me. Oh there a way to fix that or are they still there and I just can't see them?

Your explanation about the suggestions box says that when you click "next" you will not see that suggestion again...well, I've been shown many of them more than once, actually, more than a few times. Just letting you know.

Your "NEW" suggestion box has links (which are dead) for Get Your 2009 Horoscope & a photo of Get Your 2011 Horoscope. Hate to tell you this but it is almost 2013. And like I said , they don't work, not much of a selling point to something so old & dead.

new here but i have to sday there's a lot of advert activity downloading and uploading and beasting my processor.<br />
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i'm not keen on algorithmic 'suggestions' me

Thank You, for giving me the opportunity, to try this exciting new site out! I think it is very useful and does help to find common interest people on EP! Keep up the great work, and I really Love EP. I tell all my friends about your site...Thanks!!!

I just became a member and now my gestures have disappeared. Only to me obviously. Everyone else can still see them on my profile page but I can't see them at all. New ones or old ones. Please help.

after checking suggestions box how can u return to beggining of sugestions...? <br />
there is a message :'sorry, there are no other suggestions available' then its not possible to return to 1st suggestion... why?

I would like to meet people on my own and do not agree with this since total strangers are trying to sum up "me" but --whatever.

since i became a supporter there have been ZERO suggestions for me

How do I get rid of it???? It's sooo annoying!!! I don't want that box on my profile anymore!!!!

I'm tired of the one about inappropriate behavior with a sister. I'd never want to see that again.

I love this. I think it is very usefull.

I love how they always have a way of changing the tone to a story or confession.. and the questions, wow, never a dry eye in the house

they contribute so much.

the blue people are awesome....

you know, when i came here years ago, i stayed. lots of us did. more people than ever are leaving now. hm.<br />
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we get a lot of one liner blue people now though. that's also great.

I don't see it anymore, I get adverts which are easier to ignore.<br />
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Ah well, I wonder if that small group of people are even on here anymore

sure seems so. and personally, i've read lots of stories in this group that were unhappy with that suggestions box.<br />
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irony here is i like the suggestions box. but not enough to inflict my will on a majority.

Im with IT on this. If you read the stories in here over the last few months, since changes happened, you'll notice that the 'small group' are the minority in their decision for the changes

"Since we're still playing around with this (to see if it works or not), this is only going to be shown to a small group on EP that we randomly selected. If it turns out that this helps to improve your EP experience, we'll launch this feature for everyone."<br />
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so this mysterious "small group" will decide for us all? great!

I really dislike the "suggestions". Just because I'm apart of a "I want to lose weight" group the ad thing suggested I go on the Alli Diet. There was a picture of the Alli pills and so just because I want to lose weight I should take this ridiculous pill that makes you **** out oil? no thanks. the next suggestion was Atkins. uhh how about just eating healthy and exercising? These suggestions are ridiculous in my opinion.

I would like to participate in the beta version of this update. Bill

Hey all,<br />
thanks for the input. <br />
Check out the comments here for the latest info: <a href="" target="ep_blank"></a> <br />
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we're working on not having suggestions repeat, on letting you close out the suggestions box if you don't like it, and on opting out of being shown as a friend suggestion.

Julio, I wanted to point out another annoyance. If you have a person that is coming up as a suggested add and their screen name is particularly long the box can't accommodate this and it causes the links two be off center. If you are quickly trying to bypass this person and click in the same place you always have then you end up going to the share pop up and that is annoying me today. <br />
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I will say some of the suggestions for friend adds seemed like they were off the wall because their groups didn't match mine HOWEVER as long as they weren't adult I added a few as I was testing the feature for you. After talking to them I discovered that although they had not added certain groups that they are into many of the same things I am so I guess the browsing history is a better determination of some people and their true connections. It just is a little Big Brotherish to think that this data is collected. I would rather not know although I do know in the back of my mind lol.

you say i wont get the same suggestions again, but I'm pressing next and getting the same members suggested to me. <br />
Other than that I think it's a great idea :)

I understand that EP needs to advertise to keep enough money coming in so they can stay in business. Fair enough.<br />
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However, when I see a line that says "EP Supporters don't see ads here." and THEN see a whole bunch of people complaining about the suggestions box with stars by their names (indicating that they are, in fact, supporters)...well, let's just say I'm not going to become a supporter any time soon. You can get one revenue stream or the other--don't be greedy and try to get both.<br />
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Also, I'd REALLY prefer that you guys fix problems like the echoing PMs and experience posts. I'm tired of seeing messages/posts three or four times...

Hey all, here's the latest discussion thread on this: <a href="" target="ep_blank"></a> would be great if we could try to have the discussion in one place so we don't miss any of your feedback. A few notes on recent comments:<br />
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1. I think the check for blocked members may have been working incorrectly. We're fixing it now and you should not receive any more friend suggestions for people you blocked or are blocked by.<br />
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2. We're slowly rolling this out to all users. In the meantime we're collecting all your feedback on how to improve it. We'll take all of this input and use it to improve that feature for version 2. Things like closing it out and opting out are certainly things we're hearing and considering.<br />
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3. We're working hard to avoid any inappropriate suggestions, but sometimes people/groups may sneak through all our filters. We definitely want to avoid it, so we'll probably add some kind of flag where you can mark someone as a more mature user and we can make sure to treat them as such for suggestions.<br />
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thanks again for all the input, we're certainly listening. Please just bear with us a bit as we test this out and improve it