Wired today has a story about how companies are starting to use security filters in order to block employees’ access to blogs, for example by blocking any site with the word “blog” in the URL (which affects all blogs hosted on blogspot.com or blogsome.com). Corporates worry about productivity and security issues. But of course, all blogs are not bad for business. One must not forget all the positive aspects of blogs in terms of gaining and sharing knowledge, building relations, marketing etc. But then again, Resumé points to an article on adage.com (reg. required) that says employees in the US will waste 551,000 years reading blogs in 2005.
“About 35 million workers — one in four people in the labor force — visit blogs and on average spend 3.5 hours, or 9%, of the work week engaged with them, according to Advertising Age’s analysis. Time spent in the office on non-work blogs this year will take up the equivalent of 2.3 million jobs.”
Procrastination has never been more ubiquitous.