Beating Kevin Rudd’s Facebook ban

Beating Kevin Rudd’s Facebook ban

Pre-election, PM Kevin Rudd was
extremely Facebook-friendly; you could even be one of his friends if
you got in quick enough. However, a quick visit to his Facebook
profile notes "no recent activity", and now it emerges that
he's even banned his staff from having Facebook profiles of their own, after
pictures from his executive assistant John Fisher's profile were
grabbed by newspapers
(which annoyingly persist in using the phrase "Facebook site").

Fisher presumably has no choice but to
comply if he wants to keep his job, but for the more common workplace
Facebook blocks, there are still ways to get your Facebook fix from
your desk. Indeed, there's a handy Facebook group listing loads of
alternate access options (yeah, we know, if you're blocked you can't
access it, but hey, it's a start). Access via your mobile is also an
option, though that lacks the satisfaction of making the boss pay for
it. If you've got any other strategies for avoiding workplace
Facebook blocks, let us know in the comments.


  • @Angus: Why is the phrase ‘facebook site’ annoying?

    Keep up the unique Australian posts, it’s bringing much more relevance to visiting this site.

  • The specific phrase that got me going was actually “take down their Facebook websites” — there’s only one Facebook site, which has lots of pages. It’s a pretty common media error, and a stupid one given how many people use Facebook. Replace “sites” with “profiles” or “pages” and it’s fine. Newspapers face a challenge in attracting younger readers, and I don’t think this kind of approach does ’em any favours!

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