If you are totally addicted to Facebook and spending far too much time lobbing virtual spaghetti bolognese at people, or sending vampires to bite friends, Web Worker Daily’s 12 Ways to Use Facebook Professionally should get you back on the straight and narrow. Tips include looking for old co-workers and current connections, adding friends selectively, adding applications selectively and joining groups that are related to your business interests. When it comes to limiting the amount of time you might waste on Face book, there is a Facebook toolbar for Firefox . This alerts you to notifications, invites and updates so you do not waste time logging on to Facebook only to find nothing has changed.
If you are looking for examples of blog disclaimers Blog Herald has a good selection in the posting ‘Does your blog need a disclaimer?’ A subsequent posting goes into more detail on ‘Writing a Blog Disclaimer‘.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has produced two guides on the use of Facebook and social networking at work. The TUC’s advice to employees is at http://www.worksmart.org.uk/rights/socialnetworking and the briefing for employers can be found at http://www.tuc.org.uk/extras/facinguptofacebook.pdf
A question frequently asked on UKeiG Web 2.0 workshops is “are there any guidelines on acceptable use and best practice for using third party services such as Blogger and PBwiki?” In a recent blog posting, Brian Kelly has listed three documents that look at the issues involved in using externally hosted Web 2.0 services:
Guidelines for Using External Services , University of Edinburgh Information Services
Checklist for assessing third-party IT services, Oxford University Computing Services
Risk Assessment For Use Of Third Party Web 2.0 Services, Brian Kelly, UKOLN
The IBM blogging policy and guidelines, dated 2005 but still relevant, are more concerned with behaviour rather than technology. Most of the document should be common sense but it sometimes seems that people leave their brains behind when they land on a blog or Facebook.
Accessibility of blogs for visually impaired people has already been mentioned in this blog. How to Make Your Blog Accessible to Blind Readers – American Foundation for the Blind is a good starting point.
1. Allow enough time for the discussion – a “traditional” meeting may last minutes to a couple of hours but a wiki meeting may take a day or longer.
2. Offer structure – for example populate the wiki page with questions and issues as well as the agenda .
3. Encourage participants to openly sign their contribution.
4. Provide participants with tools to follow the discussion, for example RSS feeds or email alerts.
5. Manage the discussion.
6. Capture actionable items.
7. Declare the meeting closed. “Give participants 3-4 hours’ notice to put in a last word. After, that, formally close the meeting. Post a notice at the beginning of the wiki page. Don’t leave the conversation open-ended. It’s discouraging.”
This has also been picked up and discussed further on the FASTForward blog.