I’ve thought about this a bit too. Here are a couple thoughts/ resources.
Why Medium? It’s about the network––better feedback and distribution. Good writing and reading experiences are not unique to Medium, and as you noted, will continue to evolve.
But do people actually know “Google-Fu”? I’d bet less than 1% of Google searchers use operators. Google accommodates people rather than the reverse. If Google were to do a big educational piece on “How to use Google,” that would defeat the point of a simple search engine.
Thanks for the feedback! Do you mean invasive from a visual perspective (i.e. adds too much noise) or psychological standpoint (i.e. it’s obtrusive or creepy)?
Definitely hear you on that concern. A leading figure in the quantified self realm, Nicholas Feltron, recently said, “While I’m still fighting the fight to show the narrative potential of data, there is a real shadow over it.”
Thanks for the feedback Nicki!
You make a good point about imagery. Here are a couple of my responses to people who had related feedback:
Can technology currently select high resolution, tasteful imagery for a given topic?
Thanks so much for the kind words and feedback, John! I definitely see where you’re coming from about the suggestions. People want to be in control of their technology. There’s also a blurry line between suggested events and ads that would have to be very clearly delineated. The app would initially try to make a extremely small number of…