After months of work, the new Eventification is now live! It’s packed with all kinds of new functionality and quite a few design/usability enhancements. When you get a chance, go check it out!
Let’s take a look at some of biggest changes in the new version of the site.
Just about every aspect of the site now uses an internal API that supports geolocation. The original Eventification did all computation across every event in the system, which caused the site to be limited to only one city, Phoenix, AZ.
While the new system will theoretically work in any city, the current focus will be in Phoenix and New York. This is because it still requires a lot of time and effort to input events.
As hinted at a while ago, there is an all-new interest algorithm in place. The old system merely matched up tags you explicitly liked with events containing those tags. If there was a tag match, you would see the event. Otherwise, you wouldn’t. The new algorithm takes into consideration that we like (or love) topics to different extents. This is represented using a dislike<-neutral->like->love scale.
Learning From You
The new Eventification will do everything it can to make sure you get an optimal experience. Instead of requiring you to set up everything perfectly, Eventification will automatically nudge the interest sliders based on pages you have viewed and events you have RSVP’d (yes, maybe, or no) to. Unlike most applications that learn from your behavior, Eventification shows you your topic ratings and allows you to override the system’s assumptions.
The philosophy behind this type of functionality is simple. Not everyone will want to put a lot of time or effort into curating their interests on Eventification. Therefore, Eventification needs to be able to set itself up as quickly as possible, and make changes based on behavior instead of relying on explicit user input.
What’s Like What You Like?
One nifty feature tucked away within all this machine learning and interestingness slider mumbo-jumbo is the concept of interestingness propagating between topics and events. I won’t bore you with talk about neural networks, but let’s just say if you like one topic, Eventification will find related topics and show you more of those (and similarly with dislikes). The interestingness of one event will also cascade to the interestingness of other events. An event’s interestingness can even swim upstream, much like a trout, and nudge the interestingness of the topics relating to it.
Sharing Is Caring
Your activity on events (i.e. positive RSVPs, tweeting via Tweet button, commenting) is shown to your friends, which helps events spread among friends, in case the algorithm didn’t surface them already. Some event sites stick to categories, while others focus on your social graph. Eventification is designed to get the best of both worlds!
If you link your Twitter account, you can (optionally) automatically follow all of your Twitter friends on Eventification! With the click of one Tweet button on an event page, you can share the word about events on Twitter AND on Eventification. How sweet is that?
While some great new tools have been added for organizers, there’s still a long way to go. The latest version tries to make it as easy as possible for events to find their way into Eventification, even if the organizer isn’t actively participating on Eventification.
Ultimately, the goal is for Eventification to be the starting point for event organizers, but there’s still a way to go on this front.
It’s Only a Milestone
While the new Eventification is way above and beyond the Eventification of yesteryear, these changes are only the beginning. Please pardon the dust as the site will remain under constant development over the next few months.
Have fun, go to some events, and don’t hesitate to share your feedback!