Our tech support teams tell me that there is increasingly a trend for business customers to call in and ask for Facebook to be blocked in their offices.
I wondered whether there were any stats showing how much Facebook use there is in the workplace but there don’t seem to be any – not that I can find anyway.
It does pose the question as to what level of freedom is acceptable in respect of the use of social networking tools at work. There are arguments both for and against which have been well debated elsewhere.
You might think that provided it is properly managed it would be ok. However this is coming from someone who blocks every game (Farmville etc) on Facebook as being too much of a distraction and a waste of time.
If anyone has any data here I’d be interested to see it.
Many routers now let you put blocks in place to prevent browsing to specific websites though the savvy user can easily get round them. It’s the same issue as when the government thinks about introducing the blocking of websites relating to copyright infringement.