Using Social Networks at Work – Should Companies Allow It?

Of the 308 companies interviewed by Forrester Consulting, 58.4% said that they prohibit “playing” on social networks such as Facebook and MSpace. The common sense reason is that if they are social networking, they aren’t working.

The counter argument is that by allowing a specified amount of time to be used for social networking or whatever other “toys” are available, the overall team spirit and job satisfaction will increase.

What most companies are not taking into account is a concept that would make some people angry, make some people rebel, and even make some people quit.  Still, I think it would work in many situations.  What if you allowed X amount of time per week for “Facebooking” in exchange for [Read more...]

MySpace gets Toyota, TV heavy hitters for “quarterlife” (mashable)

MySpace is taking a step to be one of the first to really “dive in” towards the potential phenomenon of Internet television shows. “quarterlife”, created and produced by Herskovitz and Zwick of “thirtysomething” and “My So Called Life” fame, will be a “Kate Modernized” version of “My So Called Life”.

Perhaps bigger news is that the show will be sponsored by Toyota, a company known for progressive thinking in the advertising realm. This is a test, but it could eventually launch a new segment to the Internet-meets-television industry.

It’s a B2B thing:

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