Why MyLot, why no Facebook?

Atlantic City, New Jersey
February 25, 2010 7:52am CST
Hello my mylotting friends! This morning while driving to class in this dreaded snow storm (yes, my school is still open) I started thinking about when I am at school working on one of their computers. While in class I am not able to access Facebook as it is blocked by the network administrator. Yet, as I sit in class right now- I am typing this discussion- meaning my schools Networking Administrator allows access to MyLot, while it does not allow access to facebook??? Now don't get all bent out of shape people, I only mylot when my brain needs a break from what I'm studing while in class ;) Anyway, this is beyond me! Why would a school- or any business for that matter allow access to a site that pays you to socialize but deny you access to a free site (facebook) that allows you to socialize- just more on a personal level(i.e. status updates, tags.) Now when I was employed I was also able to access mylot but not facebook. This confused me because to me being on mylot during working hours would be considered "double dipping". Meaning I am collecting payment from two jobs- while only doing one at any given time. Just my random thoughts of the day! Are you able to access Facebook and/or MyLot from your job or school? And if so, are you guilty of accessing them during these hours?
7 responses
• Philippines
25 Feb 10
you know why? coz facebook is a common site that most people visit. so they blocked it together with the other well known site like friendster and etc. and since they are not aware about mylot then they are not able to block it. but if soon they blocked it. means, they knows that someone access that site.
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• Atlantic City, New Jersey
25 Feb 10
That brings up another question- Why isn't MyLot as common or well known as free sites such as Facebook and Myspace? And- Do you think that MyLot will ever surpass any of these sites in popularity?
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• United States
25 Feb 10
no many people know about mylots and facebook is kind of like myspace so they don't want people to be talking to stanger on there computers cause if something bad happends they don't have to go throw and legel matters or the law.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Facebook is more popular, so sites like Facebook and twitter are blocked in most places. I can accesses all at my work, but I am doing a lot of my work at home, so I don't feel guilty.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
26 Feb 10
I think face book can be used in both directions. I mean with my lot you must have a membership but it is all conducted online and they will only pay you when you are able to receive payment which cuts out a lot of pre-18 year olds.Also the discussions are public for the most part. On face book, you can be most ages and children compete for the amount of friends they have on their page. It results in their accepting complete strangers into their friends list which gives access to school details ,emails, even family and location. Also messages,chat and even the wall can be private to that member which can mean that people are interacting with the children against their parents wishes.
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• United States
26 Feb 10
I am assuming she is talking about post secondary education. By all means any networking site should be banned from elementary and secondary schools. But in college? I don't think they should be banned at all. And I can understand them curtailing use during class, when people should be paying attention.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
27 Feb 10
Oh, I see . Here school is for the under 18's . Yes it does seem odd then to ban one and not the other.
• Atlantic City, New Jersey
1 Mar 10
Yes, I'm sorry let me clarify- I am a 34 year old adult in a vocational/technical training school.
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• Indonesia
26 Feb 10
able but at our school to be paid,and i can access both
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@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
26 Feb 10
Hi Dear Well u r right at our office Facebook, You tube, Yahooo mail and Messenger, Hotmail and Msn Messengers and Gmail are not allowed, But sure we can access to mylot and skype( though no vedio and audio chat), Thats sound strange but sure as they are not common and very less have accounts there But the sites i mentioned above almosdt every one has account there, and if every one logg o same tiomes its adding pressure on system Take care
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@shamsta19 (3232)
• United States
6 Mar 10
I have to be honest though on this one because while we do socialize in MyLot, I never looked at this site in the same light as Facebook or Myspace. One: because they pay us and Two: because I really don't "socialize" here as much as with the other sites. Facebook I use now for connecting and reconnecting with people I know, or family. MyLot for me has never been that personal for me, though I have expressed some personal feelings in here before. I guess MyLot has never really been much of a socializing site for me, even though I have met a lot of cool people here (yourself included). Facebook won't ever pay us for our input but I can plug in my classmate from JHS and find them and say "wassup," play the annoying apps and just blog my thoughts as well. I do love Facebook just for different reasons. With all that being said I wonder if things like this influenced your schools decision to block the site from use on campus. As if Facebook has a reputation for just being some non serious socializing network. I actually think it is a legitimate source of finding people for free, and it does serve a purpose to many peoples lives. Block Myspace, or even Twitter (corny site). It probably all came down to some dean with a stick in his butt though who has no idea what Facebook is about anyway.
@shamsta19 (3232)
• United States
6 Mar 10
And then maybe they haven't got wind of MyLot yet and soon we'll be banned at your school as well (NO!!!!). Let's all hope not..