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February 03, 2009


Kelly Monroe

As an IT consultant I am fully aware that IT management is struggling with whether social media is productive or obstructive for companies and their employees. Software is being developed and policy and restrictions are being decided everyday by IT managers. The security of company networks are at stake but the potential for innovation using social media is a large enough carrot for the discussion of how to properly utilize the medium continues. Palo Alto networks came up with a whitepaper, http://bit.ly/d2NZRp, which will explore the issues surrounding social media in the workplace. It is important to not only understand the immediate benefits of doing business how one lives, but the threat it presents to a company's greater ROI and productivity when it comes to the server's safety and security.
If your IT Department wants to block social media apps on the company network... http://bit.ly/d2NZRp and http://bit.ly/cR80Al

Chris Boudreaux

As companies wrestle with business cases, metrics and cross-business-unit investments in capabilities such as security and compliance management, many companies are finding it helpful to start with a framework such as this one to organize and prioritize their efforts:


And, for folks defining a social media policy, here is the largest online database of social media policies, for reference:



At my former company, the web team created an internal social network similar to Facebook. It was launched as part of the annual marketing kick-off. Our CMO mandated that everyone go in and create their page and use the tool. While some did, many did not. So the email demand to get your profile up was sent out. No one really understood the point of having this social network. Many were concerned about what they put up there. It eventually died as the CMO had other things to think about. Was it right for the CMO to push/demand this? The guidelines were tied to our corporate HR guidelines for corporate communications, but doesn't this open people up to more missteps? Look what happens with email and IM, think what you would get with social networks. While I love participating in social networks, one that was work related made me very uncomfortable.

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