Why Is My Feed Full Of Tech Stories From People I Don’t Even Follow

What’s going on here, Medium?

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Dear Medium,

I don’t follow all that many people compared to the number that follow me because I want to improve my chances of seeing new stories from people whose writing I really enjoy. But even so, I’ve noticed for some time that my Medium home page is increasingly populated with tech stories from people I don’t follow talking about coding and other stuff that I have zero interest in and have never read even one story about.

But today, today really took the cake. Rather than seeing the latest work from people I routinely read and interact with, I got this. I don’t know what some of it even means:

  • How To Create A Chatbot With Python
  • UX fundamentals
  • 8+ Years Of Experience Isn’t The Definition of a Senior Software Engineer
  • Open-sourcing riskqvant
  • Front Series C Deck
  • A note to supporters of ACRONYM
  • Build A highly scalable dashboard that runs on Kubernetes
  • Anonymouse web scraping with Node.js
  • The Amazon Data Scientist Interview
  • Web scraping with Python made easy

There were about 10 more, but I got tired of writing them down. I don’t know how to code and I have no interest in learning, and yet every single day I get a couple of stories about all the things you can do with Python even though no amount of stories in my feed about it are ever going to change the fact that I will never use it. Really, what is this about Medium Staff?

I know for a fact that a lot of the people that I do follow write prolifically, so it’s not like there aren’t enough stories from them to fill up my suggested reading prompts. And if you are going to give me stories from people I don’t follow, how about ones in the subject areas that I am actually interested in like history, anthropology, sexuality, spirituality, and politics?

No matter how often you put those tech stories in front of me, I will never, ever read them. By doing so, you are wasting my time and yours and rather than improving my experience of Medium, you are increasingly frustrating and irritating me. I spend a lot of time here — pretty much 7 days a week — both as a reader and as a writer. I love being a part of this community, but it does nothing to foster that to be continually presented with stories I will never care about written by people I don’t know.

I’ve published a couple of stories in Data Driven Investor, but those are all about sociology and relationships, not coding and tech. So, I don’t know if it’s an algorithm issue that needs some refining or if it’s some kind of ill-conceived marketing strategy but I would very much appreciate it if I could start having more access to the stories written by people that I follow and topics that I’m actually interested in rather than 20+stories I’m never going to even consider clicking on. What do you say?

All the best,


Edit: The next day my story feed was filled with things that I’m looking forward to checking out about topics that I’m interested in. Hooray and thanks to whoever straightened it out!

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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