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
- 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
Thanks to Scott Gavin of the Enterprise 2.0 Evangelist pointed out this story and Tim Duckett pointed it out to him.
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