We pushed Leo 0.5 to a limited beta in early March and collected lots of interesting feedback. The team is listening and crunching through all that feedback and adapting Leo to improve UI/UX as well as the relevance of the underlying machine learning models.
Here is a summary of the changes we’re pushing out today as part of Leo 0.6 Beta.
One of the feedback we collected was that the difference between mentions and topics was not clear. So in 0.6, we merged these two concepts into a single one we call Smart T
Level of Aboutness
Sometimes you are interested in a company, product, or topic and you want to see every article mentioning that topic. Sometimes, for more popular topics, you are only interested in reading an article if the article is truly about that topic or company.
Leo 0.6 exposes a “level of aboutness” knob that gives you more control over the model so that you can cut out low salience matches.
For example, if you are interested in NLP or BERT, you can train Leo to only prioritize research articles that are prominently about those topics (as opposed to articles which only briefly touch on those topics).
This is a particularly powerful feature when combined with Google News Keyword alerts.
Some Leo 0.5 beta customers mentioned that it was critical for them to be able to define priorities that span across multiple feeds. For example, you might be doing research about Stablecoin and want to prioritize that topic across both your Tech feed, your Business feed, or all your personal or team feeds.
In Leo 0.6, the priority designer allows you to pick “All Team Feeds” or “All Personal Feeds” as the scope of the priority.
This change reduces the total number of priorities you need to create and manage when researching topic and trends across multiple of your feeds.
Some users mentioned that they would like to be able to navigate their content by priority. If you are interested in a specific topic like Docker, it makes sense to be able to quickly see if there are new Docker related articles in your Feedly and easily access those articles.
In Leo 0.6, we added a new Priorities section to the left navigation bar that surfaces all your priorities and gives you quick access to all the article Leo has flagged as important.
We added two settings in the Leo settings to let you personalize this feature. You can decide if you want to see priorities in your left navigation. If you want to see all the priorities or all the global ones (default). If you want to see all the priorities or only the ones which
Your interests and priorities are continuously evolving. Often, you discover a new company, product, or topic while reading an article and you want to be able to teach Leo about it.
In Leo 0.6, the most prominent topics mentioned in an article are highlighted so that you can quickly prioritize them (or mute them)
As part of Leo’s Cyber Security skill, you will also see highlights of CVE entities. More to come soon.
Like for the Quick Access feature, there is a Leo setting that allow you to turn off Inlined Entities if that is your preference.
Like Board Improvements
The ML team is spending time understanding how you are engaging with your priority feeds (which articles are saved to a board, which articles are being Less Like This’ed) and tuning the underlying ML models to improve accuracy. You should expect to see the quality of your priority feeds improve over the next 8 weeks.
A lot of Feedly Pro and Feedly Teams customer rely on power search to find specific articles in their feeds and boards. In Leo 0.6, we are expanding power search and let you search with your priority feeds.
For teams using Leo to discover and track trends, opportunities, and trends across industries, the combination of Leo priorities and Power search is a powerful way to quick find the most crucial information
We want to thank all the beta customers who have been working very closely with us over the last few weeks (and sometimes months). We are very grateful for your time and precious feedback. This open collaboration is not only powerful and efficient but it is also very fun. We look forward to the next 3 months!
Edwin, Remi, and Victoria
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