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Great article! Hopefully more companies will embrace this mindset as these sort of tools become more commonplace.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

Doug Cornelius

Jay -

Interesting approach of using the nature limit of Twitter for the policy.

That will work in many companies, but it need to be clear that Twitter is subject to other limitations: release of financial information, client confidentiality, etc. Depending on the company, I would also suggest that someone subscribe to all of the employees twitter feeds to make sure there is no indiscretion.

Don't take this as thinking I am against twitter. I am a big fan of twitter. You just need to think of it is a communications platform and handle it accordingly. That includes educating your employees.

Valerie Farris

Jay, I much enjoy your blog. This post, along with the others, demonstrates the commitment to "Plain English" that you share on your firm's website. Kudos from another lawyer dedicated to value-based pricing and plain English!

Ethan Bull

Along with increased efficiency that technology provides (such as twitter), it also provides a POTENTIAL time sucker for the worker... but the question is, would you want to give up the increased efficiency for a locked down employees? I think not.

Jay, I like your take on it and believe that the more you treat your employees like adults, hopefully, the more they act like it.

Ed Kless

Jay, this is brilliant. I will be RT'ing this post. Many companies seek to control social media, which, by definition, cannot be controlled.

<-- PS This is a twoosh!

Ron Baker


This is beautiful. The "Be professional" standard proves that ethical behavior doesn't have to be buried in thousands of pages. I'd hate to see what HR folks would do to the Ten Commandments.

Andy Arnold


As an employment lawyer who represents mostly employees, I find much of your perspective refreshing. I particularly like your "two-word corporate blogging policy." I might have chosen: "Be honest." But this advice might be subsumed in "Be professional."

Employees will talk. What they say will depend on how they are treated not what a policy dictates. Your advice increases the chances that employees, when speaking honestly, will have good things to say about the folks for whom they work.

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I greatly enjoyed looking through your blog and found some informative posts. Keep posting.



This is best expl of twitter and thanks for company policy suggestions

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