Monday, 26 May 2008

Facebook not for the Intranet

At one point there was a lot of hype, regarding the possible use of Facebook for all or part of an intranet. From my point of view that quickly became a very bad idea. Maybe a new, small internet company, with internet savy executives could pull it off (maybe) but I wouldn't dream of trying to implement that approach where I work.

Aside from the questions of who owns your data? what happens if Facebook is down or slow? there is the considerable problem of bleed between work and personal life and bleed between the few useful things you can do on Facebook and the vast array of useless trash. The following youtube sums up my feelings exactly. I would suspect that most employees would not welcome this bleed either.

Not that Facebook is a complete waste of time, there are one or two people I can communicate most reliably with via a Facebook message, I have played a couple of very entertaining chess games via Facebook, but I have also ignored far too many hot potatoes and their like.


Anonymous said...

I agree completely.

I think there is a reason its called "facebook" and not "companybook". We have to stop trying to turn everything great that is social (aka private) into business tools.

- Scott

BTW - they took your video down, so I was unable to see it.

Anonymous said...

using facebook for your intranet solution is like trying to open a lock with a pin. it might be possible after alot of wrestling with the lock, but thats not what pins were made for! why not use a key instead :)

Unknown said...

@scott the video seems to be ok, it it a licensed video from a BBC comedy show, it summed up my feelings exactly.