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27 September 2007

LinkedIn and Facebook

There's now an NUJ group on LinkedIn, click here to join.

And NUJ's Facebook group is the biggest union group on Facebook and the union has just had it first Facebook only recruitment, Sushanta Das Gupta, editor of http://www.e-bangladesh.org/. If you're on Facebook, go here to join the NUJ group.

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18 September 2007

A tale of two cities

"Brighton has a vibrant developer community and rich cosmopolitan culture" says Linden Labs' director of marketing Catherine Smith, in this week's New Media Age, as Second Life opened their UK offices and started hiring in London by the sea.

It's shaping up to be a real battle for the UK's second digital city, as Brighton squares up to the BBC's move to Manchester. Both of them are eminently well equipped for new media firms fed up of London - good locations and great variety of lifestyles to attract staff away from the capital. And of course, both with good local NUJ links! What more could you want?

08 September 2007

Farewell Facebook?

Facebook and employers who ban it at work have been all over the media in the last couple of weeks. I don't think the issue is as widespread as the touted surveys suggest, but I reckon it's getting such good coverage for one main reason... 90% of the UK's journalists are complete Facebook fiends, and they're bricking it that they may have to give up their poking antics too.

I don't think this is too likely though. Journalists are networkers by nature (witness the NUJ group - the biggest of any union group, despite a much smaller membership than unions like Unite), and can often get more of a blind eye turned to the blurs between the cultivation of friend networks and professional networks on and offline than other groups of workers might. I'll eat my Second Life avatar's hat if it ever gets switched off at the Beeb!

Anyway, before you go and practice your "but it's a vital tool of my trade!" plea, check out this guidance for staff about your rights to Facebook, and the correct etiquette for dealing with a friend request from your editor.

In a comedy twist to the issue, one group of banned workers have taken it to its logical conclusion, starting a Facebook group to campaign for Facebook rights reinstatement at Medway Maritime Hospital - a kind of MC Escher recurring issue within an issue.