Monday, September 24, 2007

Web 2.0 in the local news.

Compare and contrast these two articles.

In the first the BBC reported on a survey which suggests that in the UK
"233 million hours are lost every month as a result of employees "wasting time" on social networking."
In the same article the BBC helpfully points to research undertaken at Sheffield Hallam University wondering whether social networking is changing the face of friendship. They find that
"Online social networks tend to be far larger than their real-life counterparts, but online users say they have about the same number of close friends as the real-life average person."
In the second article the BBC report that
"Three council workers have lost their jobs for spending too long on the internet auction site eBay. One was sacked and two resigned after managers at Neath Port Talbot Council found some staff were spending up to two hours a day on the website."
Against this sort of background I cannot help but wonder whether the rush to integrate social networking sites with PLEs is sensible.

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