My pleasure, Neil. Beyond picking the specific Google Photos album, what if you had the ability to thumbs down or thumbs up items so Fireside can learn more about what you like to see in a channel?
Based on your comment, another way to handle things might be if you could choose a Fireside "white-list" album where anything you put in that would be available to play on Fireside...or a Fireside "black-list" album where you put things you don't want Fireside to play.
Which to choose I guess depends on whether you have more you want to show or more you want to exclude.
Hi Neil. Allowing you to pick a Google Photos album is an interesting idea. One thing I wonder about is how well some of the algorithms like Flashback and Recents will work when restricted to a specific album. Flashback, for example, finds things you were doing round about this time of year in pass years. I suspect people have many different ways of creating albums, so if we restrict your entire Google Photos account to one album we might have some channels that don't work very well.
Maybe the best thing would be to allow you to create a new channel based on a Google Photos album? Then you would still have the basic channels that span the entire account but you'd also have as many additional channels based on Google Photos albums as you liked?
We realize that there may be content in your entire account you might not want to see (and or explicitly exclude)--and we're continually working at being better at recognizing this and prioritizing things we think you'll really like.
"I think you need to bump the image diversity up a bit. I belive you said that we have 20K photos and are about in the middle of a range that runs from 10K to 70K or so. Perhaps it's because you are over-weighting video and we shoot many more photos than video; but we see a LOT of repetition to the extent that I am often slightly disappointed to have my eye caught and realize "it's that same thing" that I saw twice in the last 36 hours already. The flip is that I am regularly delighted when I see something fresh and new; and thus it seems that bumping up the "fresh and new" feels like the right thing to do. "