If you are a Facebook employee, things are about to get a little rough for you. In a very interesting attempt to boost productivity, Facebook workers will feel the 2G experience. Yes, we are taking exactly about the 2G that we all started with: 16 kb downloads, waiting for hours and having the poorest experience ever. And imagine that the feeling will be amplified tenfold considering that we have been used to high speeds for many years now.
But Facebook’s plan is not a torture one. Zuckerberg knows exactly what he’s doing by following this procedure. The aim is to make the employees more open minded so that they understand that not everyone shares the same context that they do. So in order to create better products, they have to first understand the people whom they are working for.
The process is not as bad as it sounds. Workers will only have their internet connections slowed down to minimum for one hour on Tuesdays. They are also called “2GTuesdays” in order to properly highlight how important they are in the company and to give proof that they are being taken very seriously. After all, who said that learning through temporary handicapping cannot work?
Facebook’s engineering director, Tom Alison, believes that these events will have a double impact on those who are working for the company. “They’re going to see the places that we need to improve our product, but they’re also going to see the places where we have made a lot of progress”. So while the workers will also experience the frustration of having very slow services, they will also see how much the technology has evolved and be motivated to go forward.
Because most of us are used to the 4G speeds that we have nowadays, we might have forgotten what it was like to wait 20 minutes on YouTube for a 15 minute video. This is exactly what 2G feels like and being literally thrown back into that era can be a nightmare. Fortunately, there is a reason for everything and this daring project will make a serious impact in the world over the years to come.
Facebook workers will feel the 2G experience because it is still an “issue” that hasn’t been solved yet. Africa, for instance, does not use internet at all or, at the very best, use 2G services. Facebook is planning on delivering internet via satellite in 2016 and this is exactly why 2G Tuesdays might be a great way to improve what they are going to offer.
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