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A social networking site where you are NOT invited…

Alex Christie

9 September 2008

CNN reported on Friday that the US Government has created a new social networking site called ‘A-Space’ to allow analysts (spies) from the 16 different U.S. intelligence agencies to share thoughts and opinions on intelligence data.

The report goes on to state:“The goal of A-Space, like intelligence analysis in general, is to protect the United States by assessing all the information available to the spy agencies. Missing crucial data can have enormous implications, such as an FBI agent who sent an e-mail before September 11, 2001, warning of people learning to fly airplanes but not learning to land them.”

Moving on from the fact that the US government has 16 different intelligence agencies AND still requires a social networking site to determine that people learning to fly planes and not land them might be a cause for concern, this use of social networking does open up some interesting possibilities.

I have spent a great deal of time in the past working on intranet sites for large corporate clients, where the question is usually asked “how can we get the employees to interact with the site”, when surely the question should be how do we get employees to interact with each other? Designing corporate intranet sites to be more like social networking sites could very well be the answer to this problem.

Now the only thing left to see is whether A-Space will include Scrabulous…

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