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ReStream Update: Favoriting Twitter Users, Detailed Recommendations, & More Control

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Today we pushed out another update for ReStream and this one is significant. Not only does it take our recommendation system to another level but it also provides more detailed information on the content that we recommend. Here’s a list of the new features before I get into the details.

  • Recommendation System Phase 2: You can now favorite your Twitter friends and the people you follow using ReStream. If there are people using Twitter that you like and respect, favorite them, and the content we recommend to you will be influenced by these favorites.
  • Detailed Recommended Reading: Each link that we recommend to you now shows the comments made about them in Twitter.
  • More Control: ReTweet and Favorite Twitter comments from the Recommended Reading column.

Favorite Twitter Users

Our goal is to build a recommendation system that truely understands your interests. ReStream helpsĀ  you retrieve the lost diamonds from the real-time river and knowing what people you enjoy listening to, following, and learning from will significantly impact the content that we recommend to you.

When we began designing the new favorites system, we wanted to do it in a way that was open and reusable for you. I love to use many different Twitter clients but it frustrates me to no end when I need to setup the same things in each system. With our new favorites system, we’ve made it open by adding all of your favorites to a private Twitter list in your Twitter account called ReStreamFavs. When you favorite someone in ReStream, they are also added to this list so you can follow and reuse the list in other applications.

One benefit of tracking your ReStream favorites in a Twitter list is that you can add and remove people from this list from any application. When you go back into ReStream, simply go to your profile page and sync your ReStreamFavs list and our database will be updated with the changes and our recommendation system will automatically leverage your updated list.

The Phase 2 update is a huge step for ReStream but we’ve got a long way to go. It will only be through your support and feedback that we can continue to make this application better. Please provide your comments below and let us know how we can help you to further explore the real-time web.