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Corporate Blogging Guidelines – copy this

We occasionally get asked about how companies should allow their staff to blog and what is acceptable behaviour online.

Years ago, Simon Harris of Sun Microsystems guided me towards their website where the company allowed any staff member to have a blog hosted on (sadly since Oracle bought them, this link is broken)The good netizen, Hanan Cohen took a copy of the Sun Microsystems blogging policy - it’s from a while back but still seems good advice.  Note this is not a legal-ese document and its humanity still makes it one of the best IMO. Here’s a post from one of the guys who originally wrote it. More up to date, here are links to the IBM social computing guidelines – which has 12 points but a lot more detailed general advice lower down the page.