Most interesting is that the the decision to lift the ban was made because Facebook has “business benefits as well as social uses.” The story reports the A&O network on Facebook has 732 members. As of this posting, it has 932 members.
So, I tried to join the A&O Network to see what they are doing. But, you need to have a valid Allen & Overy email address to join the network. Their secret is safe from me for now.
I also found these groups besides the official Allen & Overy Network:
- London Allen & Overy Future Trainees 08-09. They seem active.
- London Allen & Overy Trainees September 2007. They seem quiet
Then I also browsed through some network listings for the top 10 law firms in the AM Law 100 and found these:
- Skadden, Arps 379 Members
- Baker & McKenzie 728 Members
- Jones Day 286 Members
- Latham & Watkins 291 Members
- Sidely Austin 199 Members
- Mayer Browne No Network
- White & Case 370 Members
- Weil, Gotschal No Network
- Shearman & Sterling 225 members
- Kirkland & Ellis 192 Members
Eight of the largest law firms in the United States have a Facebook network. So I will continue to look for that business purpose for Facebook. [My Facebook Profile]
Scott points out these business purposes for Facebook on company time:
- catching up with friends and family during a lunch break (we all spend more and more time at work, so this speaks to a work life balance benefit)
- exploring who else in your organization has the same interests and connecting. Professional networking, but via the net.
- sharing media and updates with colleagues such as photo’s and business travel plans
- general exploration of how web2.0 can be supplemental to company goals