Social Media Policies Database

Here is my collection social media policies. I initially gathered a big collection while trying to formulate my own policy. That collection grew over the years to include a variety of industries, types of companies (public or private), industry and approach to social media (proactive, prohibitive or neutral).

The collection began to get overwhelming so I decided to get it organized. I figured I would just share it and make it available. There are 238 policies currently in the database. You can also use the underlying data in the Google Docs Spreadsheet. The spreadsheet also has the date of the policy (if there is one).

Please let me know of other policies that are not in the list. I’m also willing to accept anonymous contributions. You can add policies using this form.

Most of these policies pre-date some of the recent rules from the National Labor Relations Board.

Those rules call into question some aspects of the policies listed in the database. The NLRB has blessed one social media policy as being legal: NLRB Approved Social Media Policy.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AuuCq02eKVqldDAzWWt3S0VabWNQam1aWmx0ZjJsaGc&hl=en

Other collections of social media policies:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=t03YkwKEZmcPjmZZltf2lhg&single=true&gid=0&range=G2&output=txt

54 Responses to Social Media Policies Database

  1. Adrian Dayton January 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    Nice work, this is a great compilation. Thanks for all your work in putting this together.

  2. Patrick DiDomenico January 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    This is fantastic! Thanks, Doug.

  3. Chris Boudreaux January 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    (1) You should link to the source of this data and credit the author: Chris Boudreaux at SocialMediaGovernance.com

    (2) You should not have copied the entire list, but listed a few examples and then linked to the source.

    (3) You can not take content from another web site and place a Creative Commons license on it.

    I notified the Community Manager at Lexis-Nexis about your post as I am also a member of the community, and your post into that community violates their terms of use.

    Are you willing to link to the source and modify the list to provide only a few samples to your audience?

    • Doug Cornelius January 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

      Chris -

      Your list is tremendous. It was one of the dozens of sites and Google searches that I used to locate social media policies.

      But your list is not the same list as this one. I omitted the policies in your list that were not in English and those that had been updated. I also added several new ones. I happy to show you the differences if you would like the benefit of my work.

      I have amended the page to add a link to your site.

      • Chris Boudreaux January 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

        There seem to be 106 links (94% of your list) which are present on my list, and you added 11 new policies.

        How about you remove the items that were taken from my list, keep yours, and link to my site at the top of your page, where anyone is likely to see it?

        Maybe say something like: “Here is a list of more than 100 policies, and I would add the following 11″.

        • Doug Cornelius January 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

          Chris -

          I think the evidence is clear that I did not steal your list. There are obvious differences in our lists and in our approaches.

          I was expecting:
          “Sorry for accusing you of stealing. Thanks for finding some new policies that I did not have in my database. Oh, since you are a lawyer and compliance professional you might be able to offer some insight into the difficulties highly regulated companies have with social media.”

          Your request is ridiculous. I have been collecting social media policies for years:

          http://delicious.com/dougcornelius/blogging_policy?page=2.

          That’s where I started. Not from your list.

          How about you not include those missing 11 policies in your database and just point people here?

      • don April 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

        There is no controvesy here. This is a list of publicly available links, nothing worthy of copyright here or on other blog lists. Otherwise, give credit to your favorite search tool and move on.

        You both have good lists, and we appreciate and favorite them. The value is in who keeps adding to their list and pruning broken links over time, as well as what related content you publish.

  4. Nancy Myrland January 16, 2010 at 5:03 am #

    Doug, this is great. Thanks for taking the time to pull together so many policies. We are still in relatively new territory in social media, so having a resource such as this is extremely valuable.

    I know that in my Social Media consulting practice, this will be a resource I will refer to often.

    Thanks!

  5. Jason_Domich January 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Very useful, thanks for sharing.

  6. @HRMargo February 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    Genius Alert: this is why people subscribe to your site. I’m so SOLD.

  7. Chris Syme April 26, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    The link to Ball State University is not working. Do you have the right one? I had looked at it earlier and ran off a copy but I wanted to link back to this in a blog. Can you help?

    • Doug Cornelius April 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

      Thanks for letting me know about the dead link. I found the new URL and updated the database.

  8. Francine McKenna September 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Doug,

    I’m going to include a list to this site and this list in my presentation to the West Florida ISACA Chapter this week. I will be presenting on social media risks and strategies for IT auditors and security professionals in Tampa September 10-11.

    Thanks!

  9. Nancy Caravetta June 23, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    Wow. The pharmaceutical industry is glaringly missing from this list. When is this sector going to get on the ball? The industry has been waiting around for 3 years for the FDA to tell them what to do and the clock is ticking. Read more about pharma’s role in social media at:

    http://www.rxentertainmentinc.com/blog/like-it-or-not-pharma-needs-to-get-off-the-sidelines-and-fully-embrace-the-social-media-movement/

  10. Linda Ford February 7, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Thank you! Saves me a lot of work!

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    Where the hell is facebook?

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