Facebook kills productivity

I’ve already fallen into the Facebook productivity sink-hole, and so has Jeanine.

I’ve been thinking about the impact that Facebook would have on the work ethic of all the people making use of it, and my conclusions weren’t very good.

Duncan McLeod comments on a statement that he received from Gartner. The statement comes to the same conclusion that many Facebook users have already come to.

Is this really that much of a problem? Surely Social Networking Sites can be used for something productive?

I know, from first hand experience, that LinkedIn is being used heavily by recruiters from technology companies.
Thats useful, right?

Should companies be blocking Social Networking Sites during office hours, or should they let their employees decide at their own discretion?
If someone is going to neglect their work, then surely that should be addressed, instead of skirting around the issue by removing the distraction?

Social Networking

Oh boy, where to start.

The first Social Networking site I ever used (knowingly) was LinkedIn. My LinkedIn network is getting pretty big these days. (I just checked… 1224 people in my Network. Thats waay bigger than I thought. WHO ARE ALL YOU PEOPLE?)
LinkedIn has been quite useful so far. Thats how the Google Monster managed to get in contact with me to invite me for an interview.
Here’s an Interesting post on using LinkedIn Productively

Then there’s Stumbleupon. I installed the little Firefox button to keep me amused with random websites, but its turned into alot more than that lately. Its a nice way of sending URL’s to your friends, and recommending websites that may interest people that you know.

Last.fm is an interesting one if you’re a Music fan. Listen to Internet Radio stations, and share your music interests with the rest of the world. It’s a nice way to explore new music.

Facebook is the “social buzzword” lately. Every one of my friends in South Africa has asked me lately if I’m “on facebook”. Its scary how fast this one is spreading… Needless to say, peer pressure caused me to sign up. And its been a lovely productivity black-hole for the last few days. (thanks guys)

Now that I think about it, I probably use a few other social networking sites, and I dont even realise it.