We are hours away from Facebook’s anticipated announcement of platform changes (integrated music, video, e-commerce?), there are already some changes in place with personal profiles – and the ability to subscribe, changes in the way the newsfeed works, and the news ticker that streams your friends updates. Facebook has made some changes in the brand pages as well – such as removing the ability to automate content because they want you to interact. This will place a bigger importance on engagement techniques and content on Facebook in the future.
I found them totally distracting – and it has cluttered up everything. What I hate most is that I was automatically subscribed to everything, not given the change to opt in. Not much we can do it about it, although I did find a great tip (thanks to Amy Gaerlin) about how to hide that ticker (it gives me vertigo). It’s the light blue area in the diagram below.
I carefully trained myself to ignore the red button notifications on the upper right side on Google + interface., one might be able to not notice in the future. However, Google + has now added a new visual cue – a big blue arrow that is screaming: Procrastinate Now!
Is concentrating and focusing now dead in an age of distraction?