I’m absolutely positive that there are plenty of us out there that spend their day going from meeting to meeting. This meeting culture is an unfortunate result of spending our time in small rooms and worse it sets the expectation that having a full calendar equates to productivity reflecting on my own value within an organization.
Facebook has the tendency to devour all of your free time. I have heard story after story of people “wasting hours” on Facebook and admittedly I can easily see how that can happen. Connecting to people on Facebook comes with the implicit agreement that we will read every update and share from that individual. This results in an unmanageable stream of content and Facebook has attempted to answer with the ability to filter or hide content. I’m sure many us appreciate the ability to hide content, but that begs analysis of the content strategy and experience. As soon as controls for the user is introduced we are burdening the individual with having to manage someone else’s content. Why not make the person sending the content manage their own content with indicators of how much information is already being sent to their friends. This hopefully will give someone pause to think about what they are sharing. The fact that content control is a topic for Facebook means that it should be eligible to be re-thought. It’s a perfect opportunity to ask Facebook members what they want or expect out of the content on Facebook. Then re-architect to meet those expectations and solve the pain uncovered from human-centered research.