Jamie Thomson

Thoughts, words and deeds

People suggestions in the new Windows Live

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I just clicked the People you might know link at http://home.live.com and got faced with the following 12 suggestions.

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Take a look at the 3 suggestions I’ve outlined. Can anyone spot the obvious problem here?

Message to the Windows Live team – if you’re going to suggest people to me make sure you know who they are!!! It would also be helpful if clicking on “ignore” for someone meant that they weren’t suggested to me again in the future!

As you can probably tell I’m not too enamoured with the new “People Suggestion” feature. To be fair there’s not a lot else that I feel is worthy of criticism in wave 3 but I enjoy pointing out the odd minor flaw here and there anyhow! 🙂

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Written by Jamiet

December 18, 2008 at 11:09 pm

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  1. When did you take that screen shot? There shouldn’t be many "no names" left in the system.

    Dare

    December 19, 2008 at 1:58 am

  2. dare,I took it 10 minutes before I posted the blog entry.-jamie

    Jamie

    December 19, 2008 at 7:00 am

  3. OK, on investigation it turns out that you’ll still see "no name" for users who have never entered a public name for themselves and haven’t visited profile.live.com yet. For example, people who are primarily Hotmail or Messenger users although for the latter this will be fixed when they get the latest version of the Messenger client.

    Dare

    December 19, 2008 at 7:23 am

  4. Dare,Thanks for the explanation.kinda raises a different question tho – if they’re not using WL (which they obviously aren’t ) then why are they being suggested?I accept that this is the first stab at the algorithm so I assume it’ll improve over time – hopefully incorporating interests and frequency of activity. I just hope I don’t have to wait a year.-jamie

    Jamie

    December 19, 2008 at 8:11 am

  5. They are using Windows Live if they’re on Hotmail or Messenger. Messenger users can set personal status messages that you can see, and they can see what you’re doing on Windows Live in the What’s new area.

    Russell

    December 19, 2008 at 3:26 pm


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