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||Skip Bailey is director of technology integration, federal practice, at Deloitte. He is a former CIO at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and was assistant director at the FBI.|
||Linda Cureton is the CIO at NASA and previously headed the IT department at Goddard Space Flight Center. She also served as associate CIO, acting-deputy CIO and acting-CIO of the Energy Department.|
Have you been feeling pressure to make Facebook available to your user community? If you don’t tweet and blog and Facebook do you feel like a technological Neanderthal?
It seems that much of the push for Web 2.0 and social network tools is based on the perception that this is what the new generation of workers or customers expects. We hear things like: "This is the way that these people communicate and if we don’t accommodate them, we will not connect with them," etc. The implied threat is that we won’t be able to hire them or they won’t be our customers.
Many people are very passionate about the need for these tools in the workplace. Clearly the use of these tools is high and on the rise: Currently, Facebook has 400 million users, millions of whom log on any given day, according to the site. But, have we definitively examined these tools in terms of their value as a social outlet verses a legitimate business tool?
Let me give you an example. Last year, the president, in conjunction with the National Academy of Public Administration, created the Open Government Dialogue Web site to do open brainstorming of public issues. The number one rated comment was related to getting the president to produce his birth certificate; the third most popular topic is about legalizing Marijuana. You can judge whether these are the critical issues facing our nation.
Posted by Gregg "Skip" Bailey on Apr 09, 2010 at 7:20 PM5 comments