MSNBC.com rolled out a new set of features Friday night, including a "Recommended Stories" box on the cover with headlines "selected according to the types of stories you read most often," publisher Charles Tillinghast says. "The list of recommended stories on the cover will be determined by tracking the sixteen stories you most recently viewed in a cookie and suggesting similar stories that may be of interest to you," says a note on the site.
In addition, story pages now include links to contextually related headlines automatically. "This new feature on MSNBC.com will compare the text of the story you are reading with the text of all other stories on the site," the site says. "Based on this comparison, our system determines and displays the five most related stories on the site. This is completely automated and MSNBC.com does not modify the results; the computer does all the work. This service was created to help surface more stories you might be looking for." More details here.
(Disclaimer: Until earlier this month, CyberJournalist.net publisher Jonathan Dube was MSNBC.com's managing producer and was part of the team that worked on the site's new features. Dube recently left MSNBC.com to become Editorial Director for the CBC's Web site, CBC.ca.)
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