Maryland General Assembly Bans Facebook, MySpace

4 thoughts on “Maryland General Assembly Bans Facebook, MySpace”

  1. Nothing like a good mass-ban to prompt these sites to increase their battle against internet terrorism. Has anyone done a study on how much TIME THEFT is going on at work thanks to these social networking distractions?
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  2. I run into this all the time in my work with local media companies. Their internal networks were in place first, the engineers say, and protecting them is paramount to doing business. The, of course, screws the pooch for them as media companies, because what’s happening “out there” is vastly more important than what’s happening in the intranet.

    One company’s web team actually moved to a different building to get away from the internal network. You can’t do business on the Web without unfettered connectivity.

    Perhaps the cloud is the answer. Use the Web for all the internal stuff instead of maintaining your own.

  3. The major problem I have with elected officials banning social networks is that you then remove the ability to leverage these tools as communication channels with the electorate. Instead of viewing social networks as employee time suckers, teach staff to use these as tools to communicate with constituents. There are better ways to deal with employees wasting time on Facebook. Besides, it is a losing battle. Ban one social network and there are 10 others waiting in the wings.

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