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14 Jan 2011

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Are We Really Too Obsessed with Facebook?

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? Before we dive into this week’s post, did you all see the recent CNN.com story about the bizarre weather happening these days? Yep, we’d like to think that last week’s FFT post inspired CNN to do a larger story about the weather (though they did not include an SRV video!). Well, for this week’s FFT post we are going to dive a bit further into a recent Mashable story that questions whether or not we are too obsessed with Facebook. Oh, and a final reminder to Federal Employees that the last day to donate to USGIF’s Combined Federal Campaign is Monday, Jan. 17. Here’s the web site to donate and the USGIF CFC # is 88693. Happy Friday!

Are We Too Obsessed with Facebook?
Facebook profiles are like belly buttons: Everybody’s got one. Perhaps that statement’s still a bit of an exaggeration, but by the numbers, we (that is, Internet users around the globe) are becoming more obsessed with Facebook by the day. One out of every 13 Earthlings and three out of four Americans is on Facebook, and one out of 26 signs into Facebook on a daily basis. We could rattle off stats like until the cows come home, but instead, we’d like to show you this fascinating infographic from SocialHype and OnlineSchools.org. Here, in a visual nutshell, are some highlights about Facebook usage, 2010 trends, adoption numbers and a great deal more. Read the full Mashable story here. So, are we too obsessed with Facebook? Wait, let us first peruse some photos from our 20th high school reunion, “Like” Dexter, post some photos of our kids playing in the snow, and then we’ll get back to you.

Is Our Facebook Obsession Killing Our Work Productivity?
Every now and then an analysis pops up claiming that this or that online activity is costing businesses millions or billions of dollars because employees are doing them instead of work. The latest scapegoat: social networking and media sites. IT services group Morse conducted a survey, questioning 1,460 office workers, and came to the conclusion that use of Twitter and other social networking sites is costing UK firms £1.38 billion (approximately 2.25 billion dollars) every year. “When it comes to an office environment the use of these sites is clearly becoming a productivity black hole,” says Philip Wicks from Morse. According to the study, employees spend 40 minutes every week, on average, on social networking sites. Check out the full Mashable post here (note, it is from 2009, but is still relevant to today).

On The Flip Side: Facebook Can Improve Work Productivity (Really)
Using Twitter and Facebook at work will make you a better employee, says the University of Melbourne. According to a study by the Australian University, 70 percent of office employees use the internet at work for personal reasons. Of them, nine percent were more productive compared to employees that didn’t use the web for fun. “Workplace internet leisure browsing (WILB) can help sharpen workers’ concentration,” said Brent Coker, from the University’s department of management and marketing. “People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration.” Read the full PC World article here. And, we say “in your face” to the naysayers who believe that Facebook is a productivity killer. Wait, hold on, we have to comment on a co-worker’s baby pictures, stalk an ex-girlfriend from college and let the world know that we are psyched that it’s Friday! Be right back…

Facebook “Places” Geolocation Service That’s Both Cool and Creepy
It was perhaps the worst kept secret since, well, Apple’s iPhone 4. Facebook today is announcing a new feature, called Places, that allows users to share their locations with friends – and allows their friends to be updated in real-time. The goal, of course, is to take the virtual relationships that we’ve recreated with old friends on Facebook and bring them into the physical world, too. And, if you really start to look beyond that, you can imagine the interaction you might have with local businesses who will know that you’re in the area – and might want to entice you into their businesses with a coupon or some other promotion. Although this article came out in August, it is still worth checking out…is Facebook “Places” creepy? Read more from ZDNet here.

How to Disable Facebook Places
For those of you who are not a fan of letting the entire world know your whereabouts, we recommend you check out this post from Life Hacker on how to disable Facebook “Places.” But, really it is all about practicing safe location sharing. Check out our FFT post from almost a year ago on this very topic. Alright…now we are posting some late photos from our New Year’s party, letting the world know that snow is still coming down in New England, and again expressing our sheer joy that today is Friday. Be right back…

Obsession = Strange Songs and Videos
Nothing sparks creativity more than good old fashion obsession. So, we have pulled together a number of music videos about obsession. And, we have to say, some are just down-right bizarre. Yes, we are talking about the Army of Lovers video.

Army of Lovers “Obsession”

Clan Of Xymox “Obsession”

Animotion “Obsession”

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