Web News Round Up – 12th May

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In this week’s SelfAssemblySites web news round up: the test to gauge how addicted you are to Facebook, ten ways to motivate anyone, the new and beautiful Google+ iPhone app, the Oatmeal describes how to fix any computer and a Ted video shows us how to make choosing easier and more profitable.

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Psychologists Develop Tools to Measure Facebook Addiction

Psychologists in Bergen, Norway have created a method of gauging Facebook users’ addiction to the social network. The studies show younger people, women and those less socially confident have increased likelihood of over use. Read the article.

10 Ways to Motivate Anyone

Geil Browning argues that greater autonomy and control is important for employees but disagrees with many thought leader such as Daniel Pink that all extrinsic motivators such as raises and bonuses are bad. When you understand an employee’s thinking and behavioral preferences, you’ll be able to maximize his or her enthusiasm, what moves one will leave another cold. This will help you get your workforce aligned and moving in the same direction, and you’ll see incredible returns. Read the article.

New Google+ for iPhone Begs to Be Touched

“We’re embracing the sensor-rich smartphone (with its touchable screen and high-density display), and transforming Google+ into something more intimate, and more expressive,” Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra said. What’s new? A load of updates including larger profile pictures, sharper fonts, +1 image overlays and other user interface and visual elements that make the experience feel more fluid and enjoyable. Read the article.

How to Make Choosing Easier & More Profitable

We all want customized experiences and products but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses and others can improve the experience of choosing. Author of The Art of Choosing, Sheena Iyengar studies how people choose, what makes us think we’re good at it, and how often less truly is more.

About Alistair McBride

Al is the non-techie of the SelfAssemblySites' founding duo. His first businesses were in cultural tours, then later art dealing and consulting. He was SelfAssemblySites' first user and believes if he can do it, anyone can.

He has a wide and diverse range of interests and passions, core of which are usually art, psychology and innovation, and works on both profit and non-profit projects.

Alistair truly believes that a website can be a catalyst to making any idea reality in the 21st Century. You can create all sorts of non-profit and for profit projects take-off with a good website as your launch pad.

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