Websites of Mass Distraction


Maybe I need two computers: One for work that only allows me to to do research and e-mail; and a play computer that allows me to do everything else, after I’ve “finished my homework.”

Last week, for instance, I became unproductively fixated on live tweets from the G-20 protests in London.

It wasn’t until I saw posts from fellow procrastinators—“Glued to Twitter; getting nothing done”—that I realized that I wasn’t alone. We had crossed the Rubicon between social networking and social not working.

Today’s strangely irresistible fly paper: Zappos new real-time map (above) of what its customers are buying online. Voyeurs and foot fetishists may never get any work done again.