Should Twitter, Youtube & Facebook be Banned from the Workplace?

Do social media tools, channels and sites pose a threat to the quality of work produced in the workplace? Do we realize the actual negative outcomes of using social media within working hours? Is it morally unethical to spend a portion of the 8 to 9 daily working hours utilizing social media for personal use? Do you think social media use should be completely banned from the workplace?

The Web's top visited sites are social media sites - should they be banned at the workplace?

The Web's top visited sites are social media sites - should they be banned at the workplace?

Whether it be Facebook, Mixx, Reddit, Digg, Youtube, Twitter or any other social media channel of your preference, it is a fact that most of the tools, sites and channels, which flourished as a result of Web 2.0, are of a time-consuming nature. Naturally, if you are to waste your own private time working around those channels; sharing information, watching clips, meeting new people, chatting or listening to music, then it would be acceptable. But what about when your utilization of those channels gets out of your own room, home and free time and steps into your working hours?

The way I see it, and from personal experience, unless your job description dictates that you utilize social media for public relations, marketing, promotion, engagement and interaction with potential clients, social media could cause severe discrepancies between the quality of work you do and the quality of work that should be achieved!

Why would that happen?

Allow me to present you with the 5 top reasons why I am completely against the use social media within the workplace:

Startup advice: A Metropolitan 4-Layered View of the Web & Time Invested

Most people invest a great multitude of both time and effort into the Web. Some of them like to share thoughts and media content, while others seek to share their experiences through specialized blogs. Regardless of the effort any of us provides, every time we use the web, we expect something in return; whether it be self satisfaction, money or reach. With that said, for each level of effort invested, there is a different ROI that can be expected or even reached as a maximum.

Busy New York - by Amy Strycula

Busy New York - by Amy Strycula

Through extensive research and my humble experience, I was able to come up with an analogy of the Web’s contribution levels comparing it with a city made up of 4 different layers.

1. The Web Citizen:

The web citizen is the minimal level of web existence and it requires less effort, money and/or time in order to become a part of an online community. For example, uploading a YouTube video, posting a comment, or uploading a couple of photos to Flickr. There is no question that these events add value to the Web, and give personal satisfaction to the user. But can a user, with more time and resources, do more, and give back more to the Web?

That’s where the second level comes to play…

2. The Cafes & Restaurants of the Internet – the communities:

This is the community and social circles part of our city analogy including blogs, YouTube channels, Facebook and Twitter social circles. By creating an account on any of these, you build a community around yourself (or brand). Now, the effort you’re spending is more organized, benefiting more people, and in return benefiting you by allowing you to reach more people, and maybe make a bit of money if you add adverts to your Blog or YouTube channel. But information, videos and photos are so common, and there is nothing you cannot find online if you look in the right places.

The next level up is offering Web utilities and services…

Got a Debate to Ignite? 5 Dedicated Online Debate Services Compared

There are very few platforms that are dedicated to online debate. What does this mean? Is there an area that is yet to be conquered? Or is it just that people are satisfied with using other platforms they have on hand? Are you satisfied with the available debates options?

Top 20 Social Media Jokes, Clips and Cartoons! May/June 2009

In another attempt to bring a smile to your face and brighten up your day, the Thoughtpick team likes to present you with more fun social media and networking related cartoons, jokes and clips!

Startups Craving to be Acquired… A Big Mistake?

Startups Craving to be Acquired… A Big Mistake?

A Google Acquisitions Department Comic (click to enlarge)

If you are a Silicon Valley startup, you have a better chance of being bought out. But why is being acquired such a good thing? Doesn't it mean that you have created something that someone else can better utilize, operate and master than you can? Doesn't this mean that you gave up on your own creation? Is acquisition always the best...

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10 Social Media Campaigns that Failed! Avoid their mistakes!

10 Social Media Campaigns that Failed! Avoid their mistakes!

What truly defines a failed social media campaign? What are the factors and elements that drive a social media campaign to its doom? What are the worst social media campaigns online? What can be learned from the mistakes they have made?

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10 Social Media Campaigns that Rock! Learn How to do the Same!

10 Social Media Campaigns that Rock! Learn How to do the Same!

Target's Bullseye gives

What defines an exemplary social media campaign? What are the elements necessary to capture consumers' attention and bring about interest and participation in any given social media campaign? What are the best recent social media campaigns online? How can we measure the success of a social media campaign?

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25 Social Media Jokes and Comics… Episode (1)

25 Social Media Jokes and Comics… Episode (1)

By SovereignJohn

A collection of 25 funny jokes and caricatures related to social media, from Facebook to Twitter. Enjoy!

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No more Digg shouts: Rationalizations to Why Digg Needs a Better R&D Department!

A few days ago, Digg disabled 'shouts', which is the ability to share a certain article with your Digg.com friends. Many Digg users were frustrated, as this means they have to rely on Twitter and Facebook to share their Diggs. I'm not a power-digger, and never cared much to be one. But, after reading a couple of articles about Digg...

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9 Real-Time Search Engines Which Go Beyond Twitter

9 Real-Time Search Engines Which Go Beyond Twitter

FriendFeed Real-time search, but limited to FF users' content

We followed a simple criteria to pick services and build our list: Any search service must be (1) Real-time and (2) NOT limited to Twitter search results. Read on...

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