The Noisy Channel


Onward, Upward, and [In]ward

December 29th, 2012 · 10 Comments · General

It’s that time — the end of another great year. It’s been a phenomenal year for LinkedIn, for my amazing team of data scientists, and for me personally.

The end of year is also an exciting time of transition. I enter 2013 thinking about my daughter starting kindergarten, the house awaiting me after a lifetime of apartment dwelling, and of course all the great things my team is setting out to accomplish.

One of those transitions concerns this blog. About a month ago, I started posting on LinkedIn as an “influencer” — one of a couple of hundred people privileged to use LinkedIn as a native publishing platform. The thousands of people following me there and engaging with my content have convinced me to go all in.

I will keep this site up with the hundreds of posts I’ve published over the past 4+ years, but I’ll put The Noisy Channel on mute for the foreseeable future. So, whether you’re a long-time reader or someone who just got here, I hope you’ll follow me on LinkedIn and read my posts there.

I’m excited about the upcoming year. There’s lots of great stuff on my team’s roadmap, as well as fun opportunities to participate in conferences. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at the Stanford Conference on Computational Social Science and at the O’Reilly Strata Conference. But most of all I hope to continue engaging with all of you offline and online.

Happy New Year, and see you on LinkedIn!

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Denis Parra // Dec 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I am gonna miss the noisy channel, and I know I won’t be the only one.

    Best luck in the new House and new projects coming, hope to see you next year in RecSys 🙂

  • 2 Daniel Tunkelang // Dec 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Denis, thanks! I will try to make my posts on LinkedIn everything this blog has been and more.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  • 3 billycripe // Dec 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Congrats Daniel! I’ll be looking forward to reading your insights on LI from now on.


  • 4 David Elsweiler // Dec 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Wishing you continued success and happiness in 2013, Daniel. I will be following your thoughts and progress on LinkedIn.

    Warm regards,


  • 5 Ivan // Dec 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I too will also miss this blog. Initially became a reader when I became an Endeca customer.

    According to Google, this blog has 1919 subscribers via Google Reader. I am one of those subscribers. It is too bad they are all getting cut off from great content. Having articles behind a walled garden is as Aaron (from the last blog post) puts it is “simply not how I consume news.”

    Best of luck.

  • 6 Daniel Tunkelang // Dec 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Ivan, sorry to lose you, but I already see more engagement through LinkedIn than I was seeing through the blog. That is my primary motivation for switching platforms.

  • 7 Nick // Jan 3, 2013 at 12:13 am

    What’s the RSS feed for the LinkedIn blog?

  • 8 Daniel Tunkelang // Jan 3, 2013 at 12:40 am

    No RSS feed. Sorry.

  • 9 Carl // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I understand the motivation to bring people onto the LinkedIn site. But it’s sad (not having an RSS feed). It should be available via both.

  • 10 Ivan // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    There is actually no reason why RSS cannot be supported. One of the main obstacles is providing links to articles behind subscription walls, but LinkedIn is not enforcing logins to view “Influencer” postings, at least not Daniel’s. Teaser text can be included in the RSS feed if pageviews are important. There is nothing unique about this situation.

    The first RSS spec came out in the ’90s. The first Atom RFC came out in 2005. Feeds are very well understood by this point. What is the engineering team at LinkedIn actually doing besides removing features (github integration, job search agents on homepage)?

    It is understandable that Twitter quietly removed RSS support (although it is still active), because teaser text does not work well when content is at most 140 characters. But content not behind a subwall?

    My first thought was to create a web crawler of Linked influencer posts (the LinkedIn API is notoriously inflexible) and provide RSS feeds myself, but the content is loaded dynamically via Javascript. Still possible, but it would divert too much attention from my other pet projects! 🙂

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