Craft Strong Policy for Use of Facebook, Twitter

Susan Hall

Manchester United became the latest sports club to forbid its players to use social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and commandeered the sites of some players. The club issued the statement:


[No] Manchester United players maintain personal profiles on social networking websites. Fans encountering any web pages purporting to be written by United players should treat them with extreme skepticism.


IT Business Edge's Lora Bentley points out that the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League have set up strict rules for players, something many businesses, no doubt, want to do as well. has uploaded a Social Networking Policy PowerPoint to the Knowledge Network that explains what to include in a social-media policy, specifically addressing Facebook, Twitter and blogging.


There are other resources in the Knowledge Network. You can compare these as well:

The Greteman Group's Social Media Policy

Sample Social Networking Policy by blogger Daniel Hoang

Social Media Policy from law firm Baker and Daniels

Facebook Usage Policy

Opera Employee Blogging Policies

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