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Friends are Hard to Define

I’ve been randomly taking a look at Facebook’s “People you may know” feature over the last week or however long it’s been available. It occurs to me today that this feature is actually a perfect example of the limits of the “friend” definition on Facebook and other social networking services. Here’s an example. I have…

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Speaking of Ironies

This post on Stop Blocking! about companies signing their people up for online workshops, then those employees having to go home to take the workshops because work blocked access to the multimedia hosting service made me laugh out loud last night. In fact, I read it to my wife. Then it occurred to me that…

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Personal Use of the Internet

Neville Hobson posted something interesting over the weekend, and Shel Holtz added some further thoughts to the discussion today, about the number of companies who have simply blocked access to Facebook and other social networking sites. I think they cover some of the objections to this pretty clearly, but I want to focus on a…

Get the Flock out

I downloaded Flock, the “Social Browser”, last night and have been playing with it a bit to see how it works. In terms of being a “social” browser, it definitely is that, with the blogging, photo uploading, RSS feeds and other social network plug-ins incorporated directly in to the browser. On the other hand, I haven’t…

G.ho.st

When I first read about G.ho.st the other day, the system admin part of me wondered if an on-line virtual computer could be the end of blocking IM, web-mail and social networking, because anyone with a little smarts could figure out to go to the VM, login, and use that to “browse” to all the…