Monday, March 05, 2007

Corporate social networking

The New York Times has a story on Saturday, March 3, 2007, p. B1, "Businees Day", by Brad Stone, "Social Networking's Next Phase: Services Like You Tube Seen As Way to Conduct Business." The story mentions a deal by Cisco to purchase an "affinity network" design firm Five Across. Cisco is also buying assets of Tribe Net.

This reminds me of the "meetup groups" and similar sites. I have wanted to use these to break in to screenwriting support, and in the DC area have not gotten around to making this work. In Minneapolis there was a screenwriter's workshop that had regular sessions and table readings. Often these affinity groups, that are often political in nature as well as or instead of professional (like GLIL in Washington -- Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty) have gotten by with listservers and occasional socials. Craigslist has also helped promote this sort of networking.

But if companies are reading to embrace "social networking" why do they find that the need to "spy" on the social networking profiles or their job applicants and employees?

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