Techmeme is hiring

Techmeme is hiring someone to tweak their algorithms. It’s a new kind of role but one which I think we’ll be seeing more of in the future; in newsrooms and in corporate PR departments. When it’s so easy to aggregate, the next great war will be over the filter algorithm.

From the posting on craigslist (which I discovered via Matthew Ingram)

We’re not sure what to call this position. News Technician? News Analyst? Configuring Editor? The role involves interacting with an automated news-picking computer algorithm, configuring it and prodding it to ensure balanced and comprehensive coverage of important news topic areas. It’s the kind of job that possibly has never existed until 2008 but will become increasingly important in the years ahead.

Sounds fascinating.

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2 responses to “Techmeme is hiring”

  1. Kathleen Avatar

    Isn't this what Factiva-types have been/should've been trying to do for years???? Falls into "the more things change, the more they stay the same"

  2. iankennedy Avatar

    That's exactly what Factiva and all infopro librarians have been doing but on a subscription services that uses a proprietary query language. Gabe has built his service grepping relevance from the open web which is a much more marketable talent in the long run. The killer combination would be someone with the editorial/librarian nose for good sources and the technical chops to parse relevance out of raw data. Adrian Holovaty's work with everyblock and the Kansas Lawrence-Journal online site come to mind. <a href=" " target="_blank"><a href="…</a>" target="_blank">…</a></a>

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