Well, I am back in the land on Blog, refreshed – and much bitten by small insects – from my all too short trip to Dubrovnik (you should all go), and what is the first thing I read, but another Facebook story, and an amusing one too. Following the lead of A&O (swiftly reversed) Aussie Telecoms giant Telstra has apparently banned its almost 50,000 strong workforce from accessing Facebook.
Now, once you stop laughing at facts such as Telstra being a very large ‘communications’ company, this does seem yet another example of over-reaction by bosses concerned that their staff might be ‘wasting time’ in work time. As I keep saying, anything like this is only a ‘waste of time’ if you’re not getting the work done you’re being paid to do.
Another large telecoms outfit, and engineering giant, Siemens, seem to be taking another approach. With 6,000 of their staff already on Facebook, Robert Scoble believes they will soon start creating apps themselves for their staff to use. Mad?? Well, as I posted before the ‘ownership’ of material you post under Facebook’s T&C’s would certainly raise a few questions in some quarters, but this is going to an interesting space to watch.
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