Social Media vs. The Basics

February 23, 2009

PRSSA National Forum Article

I wrote an article for PRSSA Forum, check it out!

I interviewed a Professor at Auburn University, Robert French, and the Founder of Caffiene Communications, Bryan Lemonds.


Social Media Policy

December 4, 2008

Melanie McBride posted a template, and encouraged her readers to “[Steal This] Personal Social Media Policy.” Since she has this licensed under Creative Commons, I’m sharing it with you here.



[a work in progress]

1. Connecting: Introduce yourself and tell me why you want to connect

I would love an introduction from new people, but I dont have to have one. If its college friends that I may have been introduced to previously, then no. But if its on Twitter or LinkedIn, then yes. Please introduce yourself and the connection that we have for me to add you.

2. Follow, add, friend: Come on In!

I friend immediately if I am going to friend or add someone. If it takes time, you are probably in Limbo and I feel bad giving a straight rejection…but its coming.

3. Privacy, boundaries and safety: a-b-C your way out of it!

I prefer to have only professional information, with harmless personal information out there. I dont mind if you see the pictures from my weekend out, as long as they are pictures that I would show my Grandmother. In fact, I dont take pictures that I wouldnt show her, so I guess Im safe! I dont post or write information that should be kept private; I feel that its my responsibility to protect that, not my networks.

4. Signal to noise: Tweet much? Not me…

I am not as active as I have been on Twitter, due to other Social Media interests such as Facebook and blogging (writing and reading) so I really dont mind.

5. Personal data and sharing: Network!

I would love to connect professionally, but that’s it.

6. My networking needs and uses:

Facebook is mostly personal/ organizational with PRSSA

Twitter is professional/ educational

LinkedIn is only professional

I dont use MySpace.

7. Your criteria here: Be Kind, Rewind

Just like any other courtesy based policy, be kind and professional. I dont need to know your personal business and I dont need you in mine 🙂



September 30, 2008


Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

My own experience with Twitter began with reluctance. I am involved in Facebook, Linked In, Google Reader, and obviously, WordPress. I enjoy and fully support social media and all that comes with it, but to add one more thing was overwhelming. This was my feeling before I tried Twitter, but now I love it! Twitter is an easy way to connect with people that you would have never met without social media.

Influential people from companies such as Dell, Georgia Power, GM, and others are on Twitter and can answer questions about the professional world that are specific to their company. It is just a matter of typing in the name of a company that you are interested in, and then following those who are associated with that company.  

An example of how it has helped me personally: I have a conference coming up and needed to let my PRSSA members know what to wear. Posted the question what to wear to a social event in the evening that is business professional? Brett Pohlman, a PR Professional, responded with what to wear and the reasons why. (Continue to dress professionally, even though it is a social occasion. Maybe a dress that is professional, being myself, I would not want to wear a suit.)

I would definitely recommend becoming involved in Twitter, it is an experience that can help you gain contacts in the field that you are interested in as well as making an online reputation that will help you in the future.