Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we’ve read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:
Gabe Bullard: For a few months, I’ve been hearing credits at the end of podcasts for “The Facebook Design Team.” I don’t spend much time on Facebook (Twitter is my network of choice—@gbullard), so I never gave it much thought. But this article from Alexis Madrigal (I know, I know, I recommended one of his pieces a few weeks ago, too) takes an interesting look at the philosophy behind design at Facebook. Their goal is to achieve the same effect the phone companies did years ago…create a system for communicating with people that is all but invisible, so you don’t notice the system as you communicate. Read How Facebook Designs the ‘Perfect Empty Vessel’ for Your Mind.
Joseph Lord: On that note, have you ever wanted to just quit the Internet? This guy, at the behest of The Verge, quit the Internet for a year, and the results weren’t exactly what he expected. Read I’m Still Here: Back Online After a Year Without the Internet.
Bonus: What’s uniting the Hatfields and McCoys now? Tourism, of course. Read Feud Tourism in the Land of Hatfields and McCoys.