Aug 052007
 
Yep, your corporate communications are excellent – who needs social networks indeed! :P

Here’s a newspaper article about British companies banning Facebook, followed by an awesome blog post about repercussions of banning Facebook in the Corporate environment.

Our study found British Gas, the Met, Lloyds TSB and Bristows law firm all had internet filters preventing sites such as

Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and Hotmail being viewed at work.

A spokesman for Credit Suisse said: “Staff are forbidden from accessing the site while at work as it is thought that they are wasting company time and money.”

A member of staff at investor Dresdner Kleinwort said: “The ban is widespread across all banking offices.”

A spokesman for the law consultant-firm ELAS said companies-were well within their rights to sack staff for logging on to Facebook and that the site had caused numerous problems.

So here’s some arguments to help you fight the good fight – i.e. if you are trying to stop your organisation from blocking Facebook and other social network sites. It’s only a summary so you need to go to the original article which is articulate and well thought out. Those of you who have been to my social media in corporate presentations would be familiar with the concepts below – Confused in Calcutta really puts it elegantly.

Facebook and the enterprise: Part 1
Perspective 1: We have all been here before – Banning Facebook is the equivalent of banning coffee shops and water coolers and loos. And phone use for “personal’ calls.
Perspective 2: Playing King Canute is not a smart thing to do- Every day 100,000 people that we might want to hire sign up with Facebook. Soon they will be asking potential employers “What’s your Facebook policy?” and losing interest as we ruefully explain our troglodyteness.
Perspective 3: Never drive dissent underground – That’s what will happen if you drive Facebook out of the enterprise. They will go somewhere else. Some company else. So we should make the effort to encourage them to stay.
Perspective 4: Concentrate on outputs – When you stop people from using things like Facebook, you are spending time concentrating on inputs rather than outputs. Results matter, not efforts.
Perspective 5: When you can’t beat them, join them – ” I believe that it is only a matter of time before enterprise software consists of only four types of application: publishing, search, fulfilment and conversation.”

Got this from Trib on Twitter (Stephen Collins of Canberra) – he linked me to Confused of Calcutta, probably in response to my post on New Zealand blogger, Half Geek.

What companies in Australia ban facebook please?
EDIT: First one in: Duncan Riley wrote in Techcrunch about Telstra ban of Facebook
In the interest of laziness errr wisdom of the crowds, please write on the Facebook Group wall of

Companies that BAN Facebook and social networks – Australia

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