On IBM Blogging Policy & Guidelines

Interesting indeed.
From James Snell‘s blog:

As these guidelines were being drafted, we drew heavily upon our own experiences as bloggers and the excellent prior art in this space graciously provided by Sun, Microsoft, Groove and many others who have drafted policies and guidelines for their employees.

As you know, I have ranted before on anonymous (when-there-is-no-reason-to-be-anonymous) blogs before. So I find the following excerpt from the IBM Blogging Policy relevant and interesting to note:

Be who you are. Some bloggers work anonymously, using pseudonyms or false screen names. IBM discourages that in blogs, wikis or other forms of online participation that relate to IBM, our business or issues with which the company is engaged. We believe in transparency and honesty. If you are blogging about your work for IBM, we encourage you to use your real name, be clear who you are, and identify that you work for IBM. Nothing gains you notice in the “blogosphere” more than honesty — or dishonesty. If you have a vested interest in something you are discussing, be the first to point it out. But also be smart about protecting yourself and your privacy. What you publish will be around for a long time, so consider the content carefully and also be judicious in disclosing personal details.

For a somewhat funny outtake on this, check this out.

Dear IBMer's, Welcome to the Blogosphere!



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