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Are We Wasting Too Much Time Social Networking? Expand / Collapse
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Posted Monday, March 30, 2009 3:53 AM


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Brad M. McGehee
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Posted Monday, March 30, 2009 4:17 AM
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I appreciate the effort and sharing on SN. I have been thinking in what ways could it be applicable to our company.

But I see there is a psychological balance to be maintained, the onus on the user.

Unlike instant messaging which I banned, I am still open to SN. Using an email address is difficult these days, what with spam and targeted email attacks.

Besides, it is also a nightmare to create, maintain and secure a public website within the company's DMZ. The ones who can budget a $200,000 firewall are the ones whose business is really the Net.
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Posted Monday, March 30, 2009 4:45 AM


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Technology related professionals are often with less chances to go to meet some one at home and to regularly meet or call old colleagues and class fellows dispersed at various parts of world. I found such social networks useful to keep in touch with old colleagues and class fellows. Helps to be in touch and spread your network thus chances to learn and collaborate. I think we should not abandon social netwroks even at cost of some time spend on it.


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Posted Monday, March 30, 2009 4:55 AM


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Brad,
Great editorial!

When I find I'm spending too much time on it, I cut back. I try to limit it to 10 mins a day.
I think social networking is good but you need a balance!

Mark
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Posted Monday, March 30, 2009 5:15 AM
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I think the problem is that the tools make it easy to get immersed in the "social" more than the networking. There's always a social/people aspect of networking, but I agree only so many hours in the week and social networking takes time away from something else.

I'm curious about how much/why LinkedIn became a burden?


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Posted Monday, March 30, 2009 6:22 AM
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Yeah.
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I'm on LinkedIn, Plaxo & Facebook, but I probably don't open them more than once a week at the most and then for only a few minutes. Twitter on the other hand... that got out of control for a little while. Now I'm only opening it for a few minutes each day. I've found it very useful when I have a quick technical question, but trying to haunt the place to see if others have technical questions you can help with just takes WAY too much time.

It's a tough balance. I want to maintain my contacts, but I kind of want to keep my job too. The social stuff can and will suffer because of that.

Good editorial.


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Posted Monday, March 30, 2009 6:28 AM
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It depends on Whether we need SQL networking or Social Networking..I use it as SQL Networking when I am in the office and Social Networking when at home.

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Posted Monday, March 30, 2009 6:37 AM
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I'm on linked in, but just use it as an address book to keep up with people. It doesn't take too much time. As far as facebook and twitter, I refuse to use them because of the time overhead they require.
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Posted Monday, March 30, 2009 6:41 AM
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Fortunately, this is a non-issue. I have never had any sort of desire to engage in social networking, and quite honestly I shudder at the thought of it.
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