Facebook: The newest site for companies to block

Neville Hobson writes that more than two-thirds of UK companies are blocking employee access to Facebook and similar sites based on the fear that employees will waste time rather than get their work done. (This according to according to a study reported in the Daily Telegraph.

I wish I could say I was surprised by this, but I was expecting it. The report does, however, afford me the opportunity to list the problems I have with blocking employee access to anything on the web, an exercise I haven’t undertaken here in some time. Here goes:

  • The productivity myth—Are employees really wasting time? Has anybody in the organization actually… Read More »

MSM live blogging via Twitter

I’ve seen some live blogging via Twitter, folks at conferences commenting on what the speakers are saying. But plans by the executive producer of a new Fox TV series to Twitter updates during the premier of “Drive” may be the first such use of the channel by a mainstream media outlet. Greg Yaitanes, who also directed the first episode of the action-adventure series, says in a tweet, “Gonna be twittering for the east coast from fox lot and then over to Nathan’s house for a premiere party/live twitter commentary - tune in!” (Nathan is Nathan Fillion, star of the series as well as the lead in the late, great “Firefly.”)

Fox’s website even… Read More »

Coordinates of a genocide

A lot of people have been putting in a lot of time over the last few years trying to raise awareness about the genoice occuring in Darfur. They have been greeted with mostly apathy. Now, Google has perhaps found a way to heighten that awareness and drive home the horror of what’s been taking place in this remote part of the world (remote, that is, from an American perspective).

Google Earth now features red flame icons over Darfur, and mousing over each one produces information about the death and destruction that has been the daily portion for people who live there. Zoom in and the flames spread out, showing even more destruction, and… Read More »

At the New Communications Forum

I’m in Las Vegas, but what happens here definitely won’t stay here. I’ll blog pretty regularly from the New Communications Forum, which begins this morning with pre-conference sessions, two in the morning and two (including the one I’m conducting on podcasting) in the afternoon. The conference proper gets underway tomorrow with a keynote by David Weinberbger. Among the sessions I’m anxious to attend:

Dell channels Digg to enter the world of co-creation

I have to confess that I’ve had my doubts about Digg. I love the idea of people voting on the most interesting and important stories to determine their rank, but just, who are these one-percenters who submit items and ten-percenters who vote on them? And who reads Digg at all? Certainly it’s a tiny minority of the online population, not like the readership of Wikipedia voting on the most interesting encyclopedia entries. And there has been enough chatter about people being paid to submit articles to throw Digg’s value further into doubt.

But the idea rocks, and now Dell Computers has done something with it that makes sense. Lionel… Read More »

SNCR needs your help

People who read this blog by and large care about social media. More to the point, they care about how effectively organizations use social media, how well they integrate it into their strategies, how well they understand its wholesale differences from tradtitional, managed, controlled messages. In order to enter the social media space with candor and authenticity, as a partner in the conversation, organizations need research, case studies, solid numbers. Armed with this kind of evidence and data, it becomes easier to make the case to senior leaders who have not engaged in the social media space and who, frankly, are confounded and… Read More »

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