We have some interesting topics worth considering in this week’s Reader's Corner! Read about the death of Google+ (how many of you actually used your Plus account anyways?), the persistent and overused infinite scroll feature as a web design choice, and something anybody can relate to–how to get work done when you don’t feel like it.
Source: Search Engine Watch
Takeaway: While it was delivered with large promises, it seems that Google has decided to take its social media platform Google+ off life support. With recent stats showing seemingly little interaction from consumers, Google announced, in conjunction with that of a serious bug in the Google+ API, that the service would be shut down by mid-2019. While the service bombed in general, there was some acceptance in the enterprise space, so there may be some additional life left–though likely in a different form and even an alternate name for a social media network from the Internet juggernaut.
Tags: #Google, #SocialMedia, #Security
Takeaway: Design anti-patterns often start as a good solution to a problem, become a trend, and then mutate into an overused blight on the internet when designers and developers don't consider the user experience. Infinite scrolling lists fit this category. Fatih Kadir Akin makes a strong case for avoiding them altogether here.
Takeaway: This article has 5 strategies for getting work done when you are having issues getting started, procrastinating, or maybe just a general rut. I’ve had success with some of these strategies before, and my co-workers also employ similar tactics. Breaking up projects into smaller, bite-sized tasks is one of the most important tactics. 15-20 minute tasks can help get your brain kickstarted and ready to go on some of the larger pieces of the project. Additionally, talking out loud to a coworker about an issue you are facing usually results in you feeling better about the issue AND having a clear path forward. This could be additional smaller tasks to tackle the issue, or maybe a brainstorming session arose and now you know exactly how to handle it and can move forward on a solution.
Tags: #Productivity, #ProblemSolving
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