Open Thread: Would You Like a Facebook-Style Intranet?

While some companies ban Facebook and similar social networking services, other employers like Serena Software embrace it. Serena has implemented “Facebook Fridays” on which employees are encouraged to use an hour to update their Facebook profiles and connect with co-workers, family, and friends on the site. Serena even uses Facebook as the front-end to its Intranet.

Other companies exploring the use of Facebook-like social networking software in the workplace include software giant Oracle with its Connect prototype and telephone support outsourcer Alpine Access, who uses HiveLive to allow its home-based support reps to socialize online.

Does your employer encourage or discourage the use of online social networking? Would you like to use Facebook or something similar to connect with coworkers and business partners?