If you’re tech-savvy, I need your help to explain something to me.
Can accessing Friendster cause Internet congestion at the office? I hope I have properly phrased that question. What I really mean is, if I access Friendster at the office, am I unwittingly taking too much bandwith or something?
This is not a trick question. I genuinely want to know.
I ask this because I can’t access Friendster at the office anymore. Yet, many of us can still YM or MSN each other and people outside of the office. Logically, doesn’t YM-ing take much more bandwith (or whatever the term is)?
I would understand why some companies choose to block access to instant messaging systems because it can really take your mind off work (melalaikan) especially to new users.
But I don’t see the benefit of banning Friendster. To me, it’s just another portal. Much like a search engine like Google or Yahoo!. How can accessing such portals slows down the office’s internet connection?
But that’s the reason the IT department gave me when I wrote demanding to know the rational of banning Friendster.
Below is the transcript of my e-mail conversation with the IT department:
On Monday 18 July 2005 12:58, suziemclean wrote:
Q: Dear Admin,
I was trying to check my Friendster account this morning but I found that access to the website is denied. Why is that?
A: Since bandwidth utilization has shot up many folds, we are forced to monitor and block access to sites that has high probability to not be related to work. If friendster really is work related, please forward a request, cc your HOD so that we can do the necessary
My thoughts? Sure, Friendster is not work related but so are a lot of other websites that we can freely access!!
So, now Friendster misses me and it sent me an e-mail reminding me of all the wonderful things I could do there (see pix below). *Sigh*.