The Idea Dude

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Losing face

A few posts ago, I talked about how society is struggling with social networks like Facebook. In a recent development, the Ontario government has blocked all access to Facebook from government networks. Other sites that have been banned include YouTube. While you can argue that allowing employees to access YouTube and Facebook adds no value to workplace productivity, I fail to see why those two sites have been singled out. If an employee really didn't want to work, he or she would find other alternatives. How about browsing for books at Amazon, checking your eBay bids, looking at Flickr pictures, reading celebrity blogs, the list is endless. The irony is MySpace seems to have been spared a similar fate. This must go down as one of "What was I thinking?" decisions that is as impractical as it is stupid. Wait 'til they find out every government employee actually moonlights at Second Life.

2 Comments:

Anonymous jules said...

Aha! I have a feeling MySpace isn't cool enough to be blocked by the government ;-)

You hit the nail right on the head about why just singling out a few apps.... when every app has the potential to be a time disruptor. Silly government people.....

:-)

8:21 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

...and these people were voted in democratically???? ;)

thanks for stopping by.
Vern

8:43 AM  

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