1. I don’t think there’s anything inherently bad with pointing out how Twitter works. (Indeed sometimes I have to remind people that they can unfollow me if they want to. People seem to forget.)

    Telstra’s linking policy reminds me of suggestions from Sanford and Brown to ‘save journalism.’ Proposed measures include (ahem) not allowing newspaper websites be listed in search engines without a fee of some description…

    Yes, good luck with that Washington Post.

    John Lacey’s last blog post..What Does The Search Engine See?

  2. totally see your point but they’ve got to start somewhere and I give kudos to them for dipping their toes in the water. can imagine the red tape and convincing they had to do internally to get it up and running.

  3. I see it commendable that they are saying this and giving the option although it seems over the top.

    And I think PRs might extend that idea to blogs by asking bloggers if they would like to opt in to email communications as good practice rather than mindlessly send stuff that may not be wanted.

  4. Totally agree guys, hence my line They’ve really bent over backward to be helpful and contactable to their constituents. Bless.
    I’m not dissing them, just asking if everyone should go to such lengths… mosmancouncil themselves said it was due to a lot of questions from people. So maybe yes?

  5. Like all government entities they need to have communications open with their constituents (especially elected ones) and by having a presence (though within business hrs only *g*) on twitter they are empowering both the residents of Mosman and the council with another semi instant form of communication.

    Reading between the lines on the posted guidelines however they have two conflicting statements.

    On one hand they are saying that “we consider a Twitter conversation to be analogous to a telephone conversation” and on the other are stating that “[Formal] Correspondence’ means communications written, faxed or emailed that includes your proper name and address. Direct messages from Twitter are not considered as correspondence.”

    A telephone conversation between council staff and a resident where the staff gives advise or information IS absolutely a formal correspondence with all the legal ramifications that go with that. Especially since a telephone conversation can be recorded “for legal purposes” by either party under NSW law. Twitter conversations themselves are also saved (though only for a specific timeframe).

    The Council is trying to limit liability on twitter and other social networks (which is not a bad thing) though realistically they need to give the same professionalism, ethical conduct, and candour as they would in a written letter format.

    This comes back to something I was discussing with a few tax solicitors the other day. If Business is conducted over twitter are the tweets considered business records and need to be kept for 7yrs etc the same way as emails and other business correspondence is? The answer was “Ummmmmmm yeah… but.. ummmm ” *s*

  6. I must say I don’t think there’s a lot of point to having a policy and then hiding it. And “Mosman Council disclaims all responsibility for any loss or damage which may arise from the use of this channel”? I’d like to see them try to make that stick. No really, that would be fun to watch.

    I interact with clients via email, facebook, messenger and twitter but I have a particular problem with sms instructions from clients. I can’t print them out or save them to my document management system. So – write a file note recording the sms? That gives it the same status as a phone call.

    Because I should keep a record of anything that I might have to disclose in legal proceedings later, right?

  7. Who cares about the semantics? What I see is a proactive attempt by a Local Government to engage with and use social media. It’s a giant step forward from some of the conversations I have with LG people on my workshops who shudder and attempt the proverbial head up arse trick whenever the concept of open communication is mentioned.

    Trying to control or stop the flow of information in the face of the emerging environment is pointless. If it isn’t Facebook or Twitter it will be something else. Trying to avoid using these channels or preventing others from using them is like trying to build a sand sculpture on a sand dune.

    I applaud Mosman CC and every other organisation regardless of its structure that has a crack at working with the emerging media rather than constantly trying to stick their fingers in the dyke during a flood.

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