By Kevin O'Keefe

Microsoft’s employee blogging policy

Lenn Pryor, Director of Platform Evangelism for Microsoft, presented Microsoft’s semi-informal blogging policy at this week’s Blog Business Summit. (Microsoft has over 1000 employees blogging)

  • Above all, be smart
  • Respect existing confidentiality agreements
  • Don’t break news – don’t disclose confidential information
  • Be cautious with third-party information
  • Respect prior employers
  • Identify yourself
  • Be cautious in how you offer support or advice
  • Speak for yourself
  • Think about reactions before you post

Susannah Gardner, reporting on Pryor’s presentation, thought it a most interesting lesson for other businesses considering starting a blog and that are worried about possible legal issues: It can be done without involving the lawyers in reviewing every post.

Kevin O'Keefe
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Trial lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, I am the founder and CEO of LexBlog, a legal blog community of over 30,000 blog publishers, worldwide. LexBlog’s publishing platform is used on a subscription basis by over 18,000 legal professionals, including the largest law firm in each India, China and the United States.

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