For anyone who has been waiting to try Hunch (which really is a “decision engine“) but didn’t manage to snarf an invite, today is your lucky day: Hunch has launched. They’ve added some new features too–for example, they offer a faceted navigation interface that lets you bypass their ordering of the questions in the decision tree (e.g., for choosing a cocktail).
But be warned, the site may be a bit sluggish. They’re certainly getting bombarded with traffic from the blogosphere and Twitterverse!
5 replies on “Hunch Has Launched”
I think Hunch is pretty cool. I’ve been using it during the beta and I think it has a good success rate predicting the decisions I would have made anyway. The API is a really neat idea and may be their best contribution in the end.
My only issue is that once again it is a national/global destination site and really not organized around the community of people whose opinions and ideas I’m most likely to want and trust.
I’d prefer to go to a local site and ask questions in a less structured way and see what they have to say. For example http:questionland.thestranger.com is for people who read The Stranger in Seattle and Questionland should be available to all cities with alternative weeklies/sites after the upcoming AAN conference.
I think they’re still figuring out what they want to be when they grow up. And, the centralized / decentralized trade-off is tough–while local communities are more personal, centralized ones benefit from scale. Perhaps they can have it both ways through their API.
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I think this is a site/idea is search of a problem/market. I suspect, in the end, that this will fail but do give them credit for trying something different.