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Whats difference between social networking and online communities

Our Marketing department has been fighting tooth and nail with this IronPort web filter for getting access to Social Networking sites for their marketing efforts.  Normally this type of content is blocked so the majority of employees don't waste their time playing around on them.  Marketing needs these types of sites open for their research and new Gen-Y marketing initiatives.

I enabled "Social Networking" and it does open up Facebook, Twitter, but some sites are still blocked under "Online Communities".

I take it that it's safe to enable "Online Communities" (whatever the heck that is), but what is the difference.  One example is tumblr, and that is without a doubt a social networking site, however IronPort is blocking it based on the "Online Communities" rule.  My guess would of been that "Online Communities" would be message board sites run by the likes of Invision Board, phpBB, VBulletin, etc....  That to me is a "community".  Stuff like tumblr, reddit, digg, flicker, del.ico.us is all Social Networking to me.

So really what is the difference and what is the best way to get this stuff reclassified?  Open a ticket with TAC?  Is there an online listing of what website is which category, or do you have to just plug each one in the Policy Trace tool and see what comes back in the URL check section?

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Hello Keith,

Here is the definition of the two categories:

Online communities

Examples:

• www.reptileforums.co.uk

• www.photo.net

• www.wendyjohnson.net

• www.threadoftheday.com

• www.startrek.com

Personal webpages; affinity groups; special interest groups;

professional organizations for social purposes; personal

photo collections; web newsgroups; e-cards; message

boards.

Social networking

Examples:

• www.myspace.com

• www.facebook.com

• www.linkedin.com

• www.twitter.com

• www.badoo.com

Sites that provide social networking, such as MySpace,

Facebook, and Twitter.

To make submissions for reclassification on Cisco Ironport Web security Usage, please use this tool

https://securityhub.cisco.com/web/submit_urls

This same tool will show you the current categorization for the site.

Once changes are made, your WSA picks it up from atomatic updates.

I hope this helps you.

Regards,

Eric

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Hello Keith,

Here is the definition of the two categories:

Online communities

Examples:

• www.reptileforums.co.uk

• www.photo.net

• www.wendyjohnson.net

• www.threadoftheday.com

• www.startrek.com

Personal webpages; affinity groups; special interest groups;

professional organizations for social purposes; personal

photo collections; web newsgroups; e-cards; message

boards.

Social networking

Examples:

• www.myspace.com

• www.facebook.com

• www.linkedin.com

• www.twitter.com

• www.badoo.com

Sites that provide social networking, such as MySpace,

Facebook, and Twitter.

To make submissions for reclassification on Cisco Ironport Web security Usage, please use this tool

https://securityhub.cisco.com/web/submit_urls

This same tool will show you the current categorization for the site.

Once changes are made, your WSA picks it up from atomatic updates.

I hope this helps you.

Regards,

Eric

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Thanks so much!!!

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