Steph Gray reaches for the big guns

During my ridiculous January, nearly over now hurrah, I missed some important stuff – too much for me to list here, and possibly not overly interesting for you all, but THIS, this has to be shared.

Steph Gray, the community manager at DIUS, has decided to start fighting corporate decisions to close down access to social media by creating this social media test suite. Here is his blurb:

So let’s try and build a picture of access to social media tools from the workplace. Please run my social media test suite survey from your workplace machine and let’s see who the blockers are. I’m happy to publish here, or in the survey results you can see when you complete the survey, any appropriate explanations or justifications from IT providers. I know there can be good reasons for limiting access, and we should separate those from the bad ones.

This is a great thing to do, and especially apt for departments where in recent weeks all access to social media has been inexplicably turned off without rhyme or reason.

People will understand if there is a problem that is being solved by switching off access to certain sites, but this blanket bigotry is ill-informed and often not based on solving a proven problem.

3 responses

  1. Thanks Emma!

    Yes, please keep the responses coming – I’ve had responses from about 30 different public sector organisations so far.

    I’ll do a quick follow up analysis post on my blog later this week, and share the raw data…

  2. Steph,

    is this a snapshot thing, or are you amenable to leaving the suite open for a bit longer? Even nowadays, networks can be slow to pick up on good things, and there may be more folk who could help round the overall picture out?

    That said, do say a bit about emergent findings at the UKGovWeb event on Saturday, if you have time to look at the results so far before then!

    cheers now, and thanks for doing the spadework – the rest of us have been moaning quietly about this issue for too long…


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