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Social Media Policies

Guidelines & Policies for Social Media | Company examples, Tools for getting started, best practices, resources

PolicyTool for Social Media

Need a policy? Not a Lawyer? Get started today. PolicyTool is a policy generator that simplifies the process of creating guidelines that respect the rights of your employees while protecting your brand online.* It's easy. The streamlined process simply requires you to answer a brief questionnaire and provides you with a complete Social Media Policy customized to your company.


By Charlene Li One thing that I discuss in my report on corporate blogging is the need for policies, one for a company to provide guidelines to its employee bloggers, and the other for the blogger - a "code of ethics" to build trust with readers.

Web Ink Now: The US Air Force: Armed with social media

Recently I was checking out a bunch of people on Twitter who began to follow my updates @dmscott. When I went to @AFPAA I was surprised to see the Twitter ID belonged to the US Air Force. There were less than 200 people following the Air Force, indicating someone new to Twitter.

Social Media Policy

A short video for staff of the Department of Justice (Victoria, Australia) explaining the key elements of their social media policy. Visual licenced under Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA-NC), audio track licensed to REM Publishing via For further details on the social media policy visit

10 Tips for Creating a Social Media Policy for Your Business | Social Media Examiner

Policy. It can be a dirty word, especially in social media communities. Why? Poorly written social media policies restrict, deter and deaden social media engagement-the exact opposite of what businesses want. However, great social media policies support, protect and empower high-quality engagement. It is about empowerment and trust.

Ford Social Media Guidelines

We have advised our personnel to observe these guidelines when participating in an online conversation regarding Ford or the automotive industry. These are a summary of our ethical policies. Ford personnel should refer to the more detailed information available within the Company.

Online Social Media Principles

We recognize the vital importance of participating in these online conversations and are committed to ensuring that we participate in online social media the right way. These Online Social Media Principles have been developed to help empower our associates to participate in this new frontier of marketing and communications, represent our Company, and share the optimistic and positive spirits of our brands.

U.S. Airforce - Social Media Policy

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Intel Social Media Guidelines

As the Intel Social Media Guidelines describe, we support transparency and are committed to clear disclosure of relationships and endorsements. If you are contracted, seeded, or in any way compensated by Intel to create social media, please be sure to read and follow the Intel Sponsored, Seeded, or Incentivized Social Media Practitioner Guidelines.

Social Media Policy Best Practices: Trust Is Cheaper Than Control

In my book, the Networked Nonprofit, we devoted an entire chapter to creating a social culture, including the development of a social media policy. On my Facebook page, I asked folks what the best practices were for creating a policy. Here's a summary of the responses and some tips.

Kirstin Beardsley - Setting the Boundaries: Developing Social Media Policies for Your Organization

Don't have a social media policy? So essentially, anyone in the organization can say and do whatever they want? It's time for some guidelines! While socia

10 Tips: How to Write an Effective Social Media Policy | Sustainable Business Forum

More and more companies are embracing the openness and transparency of social media, and are using it to demonstrate their authenticity online.

Do you need a corporate social media policy?

I'm a big fan of a corporate policy for social media for any business no matter how small. Unless there's only one person who will be handling your social media efforts you need to set some guidelines in place. Now, by this I don't mean you have to write a huge document that strangles any hint of spontaneity from your team.

Guidelines & Best Practices | Social Media | CDC

Basic information from CDC about breast cancer.

Social Media Policy Database | Social Media Governance

Designing social media policy for government: Eight essential elements

Use of Social Media

We generally practice our reporting openly. However, there are times, while investigating a matter of public interest, a reporter will conceal his or her occupation and true purpose and pose as an ordinary citizen. We will consult with senior news management before doing so. Our overriding priority will be sound public service journalism.

Public Risk Management Association

The Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) may use social media sites and platforms to enhance and build relationships with members, prospective members, corporations, affiliated associations and other stakeholders. PRIMA stakeholders have the ability to facilitate discussions and communicate information about education, events, current events and other public risk management-related issues through various media channels.

What is the Right Social Media Policy for Your Company? - Jeffbullas's Blog

Social media can have huge positive impacts on a company, especially when it comes to marketing and branding. However, without a solid and well-thought out social media policy, some social media in the workplace can result in negative consequences. Unfortunately, even minor mistakes or inappropriate posts through social media can quickly spread and damage the image of a company.