Half the US population lives in 146 counties

Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties - Business Insider Map via Census/Business Insider

People like to live live near other people. Out of the 3,000+ counties in the United States, 146 contain half the population. So much for the 80/20 rule. It doesn’t seem to apply to population distribution.

Initially, finding my county on the map surprised me. It does not have a major metropolitan area. However, if half the country’s population lives in a relatively small number of counties, I have a 50/50 shot at living in one of them. Overall, the map shows there is still plenty of space for us to grow into.

Here’s another map (also cool). This one has the size of the countries adjusted to better match their population. Each square in the grid represents 1 million people.

World Map Adjusted for Population Size (1 grid square = 1 million people) [3040x1588] - Imgur

How to disappear (from the web)

Creating new accounts for web services is easy. Getting rid of those accounts…not so much.

JustDelete.Me offers an expansive directory of links to pages where you can delete your accounts from various websites and services. In addition to pointing you to the pages, it also rates each service by the level of effort required to delete the account.

justdelete.me difficulty levels

It is surprising how many services make it impossible to get rid of your account. There are no insurmountable technical hurdles keeping companies from letting users delete their accounts, but they make it difficult anyway. Many companies are motivated to keep a user’s data, even after they delete/disable their account. Also, it is impossible to know if any of these services actually delete your data or if they just remove your access to it.

However, you can get rid just about any service by updating your personal information and email to something bogus.

Inbox Whack-a-Mole

Maintaining inbox zero is like a game of whack-a-mole. For every email deleted, organized, or responded to, another one pops up in its place. However, that only happens if your email is always open. By just opening up email and responding to it at set times during the day, you can process messages in batches and be much more productive. When you finish, close your email, and get to work.

I don’t have to check email as much these days as I have in the past, but I check it anyway if it’s open. I check it even when there’s nothing new in there. Ideally, there could be a notification when the inbox has 10 new items, or email could launch automatically two hours from the time I closed it.

Nice try, Facebook

Is this a deceptive or just poorly worded error message? Also the ‘Visit Website’ link is broken. I’m pretty sure there’s some way to get Twitter working on my phone. The other apps at the bottom of the page work just fine.

Twitter and Facebook don’t have to play nice together, but if Facebook is going to show Twitter in its App Store, it should probably just let Twitter tell its users if if works on my phone or not. Getting into the habit of telling your users what your competitors are capable of is often bound to make you look like you don’t know what you’re talking about.