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January 7, 2011
Social Media Policies At The Ready
Need a social media policy? Every organization should have one. The booming communication trend has a lot of booby traps for the unwary.  So head over to SocialMediaGovernance.com, where Chris Boudreaux has created a data base of social media policies actually in force at 164 organizations.

Chris is an executive at Converseon, a social media consultancy, and he created the social media governance site "to provide tools and resources for leaders and managers who want to get the most from their social media and social application investments." He also offers a Social Media Policy Report providing an "Analysis of Social Media Policies: Lessons and best Practices."

We discovered Chris' site after stumbling upon a story in which a group of nursing school students were expelled after one of them posted a photo on Facebook of a placenta, purportedly with the permission of her instructor. The case is now in court.

We've noted before how social media can be both engaging and perilous.  Time to get serious about a policy for your organization. 

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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