Or is it the need to feel like you are once again the new kid on the block, when, in actuality, you are getting a little creaky and the new apps are breathing down your neck and offering to walk you across the street?
Hey, Google, Facebook, Twitter… once again, you’re giving us design changes we do not want and have not requested.
Google+ redesigned itself yesterday into a minimalist-facebook, complete with banners in user profiles and a shrunken space for user content. It’s this second item that should be the biggest clue about who their audience is now. Hint, it’s not us. What we say and do in these spaces matters less and less, so they’re giving us less space to do it in. As evidenced by the page real estate being sucked up by buttons, advertising, and things that we didn’t ask for and do not use.
In short, we are spending more time finding our way around the new layouts of these mediums than we are using the medium to communicate with others. This makes no sense, since the stated purpose of twitfaceboogle is to help people communicate with each other.
It’s time for the social media user experience folks to sit down with the VPs and the design consultants and come up with a way to let the users -us- control our own experience, at least in part.
Make us part of the experience again. That’s enhancement enough.