We've recently added policy templates to the Knowledge Network that specifically address social media use. Given all the recent attention to matters of privacy and information security when it comes to Google and Facebook, these tools are welcome additions to our growing repository.
The Internet Postings Policy from Cisco Systems applies usage rules across a broad variety of contexts, from at-work personal use to company-oriented communication. Examples of commonly used social networking, blog and wiki websites are given to define the company policy regarding posting items to such sites.
The Top 10 Guidelines for Social Media Participation provided by SHIFT Communications keeps social networking use appropriate and on-message by drawing clear lines for what is acceptable use and what is not. These guidelines encourage employees to "participate online in a respectful, relevant way that protects our reputation and of course follows the letter and spirit of the law." IT managers can easily edit the template to accommodate company info and other details particular to their business cultures.
We'd love feedback on these sample policies and customizable templates. Let us know if there's an aspect of social media use that we haven't addressed. Better yet, register on the IT Business Edge site and add your own documents, tools and templates to help us have every angle of the intersection of social media and business covered.