A few of my clients have asked me to configure their routers to block access to Facebook and Myspace. Apparently some employees spend inappropriate amounts of time using those services while at work. Using iptables to block port 80 and configuring Squid to reject access to those sites is easy to do.
So I was interested to see an advertising poster in my local shopping centre promoting the Telstra “Next G Mobile” which apparently offers “Facebook on the go“. I’m not sure whether Telstra has some special service for accessing Facebook (maybe a Facebook client program running on the phone) or whether it’s just net access on the phone which can be used for Facebook (presumably with a version of the site that is optimised for a small screen).
I wonder if I’ll have clients wanting me to firewall the mobile phones of their employees (of course it’s impossible for me to do it – but they don’t know that).
I have previously written about the benefits of a 40 hour working week for productivity and speculated on the possibility that for some employees the optimum working time might be less than 40 hours a week . I wonder whether there are employees who could get more work done by spending 35 hours working and 5 hours using Facebook than they could by working for 40 hours straight.