If you live in the bay area and are interested in learning more about Pandora's approach to user experience and playlist creation stop by tonight's 7:30PM BayCHI meeting:
Several exciting developments in social search and personalization help users find information: recommendations based on personal tastes, social trends, tags, ratings, popularity, and friends tastes. These methods go beyond the classic search paradigm of relevance and flat lists of results, resulting in different user experience challenges. This panel brings together panelists from Netflix, Live365, Pandora, and digg to explore trends in social search.
Rashmi Sinha has put together a great lineup for the panel including Neil Hunt from Netflix, David Porter from Live365, Kevin Rose from Digg, and Joshua Schachter from del.icio.us. I'm really looking forward to meeting all of these people; I'm a big fan of their work. Hope to see you there.