200 Social Media Policy Examples

social media policy and governance
Social media policies are not one size fits all, especially when they juggle personal and corporate accounts and govern the usage off each as social represents a personal professional overlap. The right approach will be unique to you and your organization as it will both reinforce your organization's existing corporate culture and provide practical guidance to those that will be using social media. The table below contains the names of over 200 companies and organization that have published their Employee Social Media Policies or Guidelines online:


OrganizationTitle
About.comTemplate: Blogging and Social Media Policy
About.comTemplate: Internet and Email Policy
American Institute of ArchitectsPolicy on Staff Use of Social Media
American Red CrossSocial Media Handbook for Local Red Cross Units
American Red CrossOnline Communications Guidelines
amp3 Public RelationsSocial Media Guidelines
AppleRetail Blogging and Online Social Media Guidelines:
Associated Press (AP)Social Media Guidelines for AP Employees
Astonish ResultsSocial Media Policy (for Insurers)
Australian Government: Department of Finance and DeregulationSocial Media 101: A Beginner's Guide for Finance Employees
Australian Government: Asia-Pacific Civil-Military Centre of ExcellenceStaff Guidance - Use of Social Media
Australian National Botanic GardensSocial Media Policy
Australian Public Service CommissionProtocols for Online Media Participation
Baker & DanielsSocial Media Policy
Ball State UniversitySocial Media Policy
Banco Sabadell GroupGuidelines for the use of social media for Employees
Basque GovernmentStyle and Usage Guide for the Basque Government's Social Networks
BBCSocial Networking, Microblogs and other Third Party Websites: Personal Use
BBCNews: Social media guidance
BBYOStaff/Volunteer Presence on Social Networking Sites
Best BuySocial Media Policy
Bread for the WorldOnline Technologies, Social Media and Bread
BTForum User Guidelines
BTSocial Media Guidelines
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)Facebook Policy
CapgeminiSocial Media Guidelines
Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, SUNYDesigning social media policy for government: Eight essential elements
Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Social Media Guidance
Children's Hospital Los AngelesShare Your Story - Use and Access
CiscoInternet Postings Policy
City of Hampton, VASocial Media Policy
City of SeattleBlogging Policy
City of SeattleSocial Media Use Policy
Cleveland ClinicSocial Media Policy
Coca-ColaOnline Social Media Principles
Colorado State UniversitySocial Media Policy
Daimler AGSocial Media Guidelines
DellGlobal Social Media Policy
DePaul UniversitySocial Media Guidelines
E.W. ScrippsSocial Media Policy
Easter SealsOnline Community Guidelines
Eastern UniversitySocial Networking Policy
Electronic Frontier FoundationHow to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Using Social Media Internally
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Using Social Media to Communicate With the Public
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Representing EPA Online Using Social Media
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Social Media Policy
Eric SchwartzmanSocial Media Policy Template
eWay DirectSocial Media Policy
Fairfax County, VAFacebook Comments Policy
FedExBlog Policy
FeedsterCorporate Blogging Policy
Fellowship ChurchPersonal Website and Weblog Policies
FINRAGuide to the Web for Registered Representatives
FlickrCommunity Guidelines
Ford Motor CompanyDigital Participation Guidelines
FudderNetiquette
GartnerPublic Web Participation Guidelines
General Services Administration (GSA)Social Media Policy
Get SatisfactionCompany-Customer Pact
Government of CataloniaStyle and Usage Guide of the Government of Catalonia's Social Networks
Governor of MassachusettsGovernor's Office Social Media Usage and Policies
Greater London North CountyScouting and Social Networking Guidelines
Greteman GroupSocial Media Policy
H&R BlockH&R Block Response Process
Hamilton CollegeCreating a Social Media Presence at Hamilton College
Hamilton County - Jobs and Family ServicesGuidelines for effective use of social networks, blogs, podcasts and live chats
Harvard Law SchoolTerms of Use
Harvard UniversityGuidelines for Using Social Media
Hill and KnowltonBlogging Policies and Guidelines (selected extracts)
Hill and KnowltonCollective Conversation Code of Conduct
Hill and KnowltonSocial Media Principles
Hospital Sant Joan de Deu - BarcelonaSocial Media Policy
HPBlogging Code of Conduct
IBMSocial Computing Guidelines
IBMCase Study: The Impact of Corporate Culture on Social Media
iCrossingEmployee Social Media Guidelines
IntelSocial Media Guidelines
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)Social Media Staff Guidelines
International Olympic Committee (IOC)Blogging Guidelines for Persons Accredited at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008
International Olympic Committee (IOC)Blogging Guidelines for Persons Accredited at the XXI Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver 2010
Iowa Hospital AssociationComment Policy
JaffeTemplate: Social Media and Social Networking Policies and Procedures
Kaiser PermanenteSocial Media Policy
Kansas State UniversitySocial Media Guidelines
KodakSocial Media Tips
L.A. TimesSocial Media Guidelines
Lake Forest CollegeSocial Media Guidelines
Laurentian UniversitySocial Media Handbook
Le Bonheur Children's Medical CenterComments Policy
LiveWorldSocial Media Content Guidelines
Maryland Association of CPAsSocial Media Policy
Mason, Inc.Social Media Guidelines
Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental AffairsSocial Media Usage and Guidelines
Mayo ClinicFor Mayo Clinic Employees
Mayo ClinicParticipation Guidelines
Mayo ClinicComment Policy
Media Law Resource CenterCompilation of Legal Actions Against Bloggers
MicrosoftChannel 9 Doctrine
MicrosoftTweeting Guidelines and Blogging Guidelines
Missouri Department of TransportationPost A Comment - Use Policy
Montana State University AthleticsSocial/New Media Guidelines
Mossman Municipal Council (Australia)Mossman Council on Twitter
National Public Radio (NPR)NPR News Social Media Guidelines
New Jersey Institute of TechnologySocial Media Policy
New York CityNYC Social Media Customer Use Policy
New York City Department of EducationSocial Media Guidelines
New Zealand GovernmentWeb Standards
New Zealand State Services CommissionPrinciples for Interaction with Social Media
New Zealand State Services CommissionThe Guide to Online Participation
Nordstromsocial networking guidelines for Nordstrom employees
OceSocial Computing Guidelines
Ohio State University Medical CenterPhilosophy on Social Media
Ohio State University Medical CenterSocial Media Participation Guidelines
Ohio State University Medical CenterSocial Media Participation Policy
Ontario College of TeachersUse of Electronic Communication and Social Media
Open Society FoundationsWeb Style Guide
OperaEmployee Blogging Policy
Orange CountyCounty Social Media Use Policy and Procedure
PfizerSocial Media Playbook
PlaxoCommunication (Blogging) Policy
Porter NovelliOur Social Media Policy
Powerhouse MuseumInternet/Intranet Usage & Social Media Policy
PR-SquaredCorporate Social Media Policy: Top 10 Guidelines
Province of Nova ScotiaSocial Media Terms of Use Guidelines for Employees
Province of Nova ScotiaGovernment Social Media Policy
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)PRSA Social Media Policy
Queensland GovernmentOfficial Use of Social Media
RazorfishEmployee Social Influence Marketing Guidelines
ReutersReporting From the Internet and Using Social Media
RhetoricaBlogging and Comment Policy
Roanoke County, VASocial Media Policy
Roanoke TimesNews Standards and Policies
Robert ScoblePress FAQ
RocheSocial Media Principles
Safe-Wise ConsultingYMCA Social Networking Policy Template
Sam Houston State UniversitySocial Media Policy and Procedures Manual
SAPSocial Media Participation Guidelines 2009
Seattle UniversitySocial Media Policy
SentaraSocial Media Policy
Shift CommunicationsTop 10 Guidelines for Social Media Participation
Smithsonian InstitutionWeb and New Media Strategy
Social Media Business CouncilDisclosure Best Practices Toolkit
SocialfishSocial Media Guidelines
SpareBank 1Rules for Blogging
State Government of Victoria - Department of HealthTwitter Policy
State Government of Victoria - Department of JusticeSocial Media Policy for Employees
State of DelawareSocial Media Policy
State of MississippiSocial Media Policy
State of North CarolinaBest Practices for Social Media Usage in North Carolina
State of OklahomaSocial Networking and Social Media Standards
State of OklahomaSocial Networking and Social Media Guidelines
State of South Carolina - Budget Control BoardSocial Media Policy
State of South Carolina - State LibrarySocial Media Policy
Sutter HealthSocial Media Policy
Sutter HealthSocial Media Tip Sheet
Telstra3 Rs of Social Media Engagement
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterBlog Policies and Guidelines
The WellCommunity Guidelines
Thomas NelsonBlogging Guidelines
Thomson ReutersSocial Media Guidelines
TNT (Italy)Guidelines for Officials on Social Media (Italian)
Town of Avon, IndianaSocial Media Policy
Treasury Board of Canada SecretariatGuideline to Acceptable Use of Internal Wikis and Blogs Within the Government of Canada
Treasury Board of Canada SecretariatGuideline for External Use of Web 2.0
Tufts UniversitySocial Media Guidelines and Policy
U.K. GovernmentTemplate Twitter Strategy for Government Departments
U.S. Air ForceAir Force Blog Assessment
U.S. Air ForceNew Media and the Air Force
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Jacksonville DistrictSocial Media User Guidelines
U.S. Coast GuardSocial Media - The Way Ahead
U.S. Department of DefenseResponsible and Effective Use of Internet-based Capabilities
U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsUse of Web-Based Collaboration Techhologies
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Blogging at EPA for Greenversations
U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
U.S. General Services AdministrationSocial Media Policy
U.S. Marine CorpsResponsible and Effective Use of Internet-based Capabilities
U.S. NavyWeb 2.0: Utilizing New Web Tools
U.S. NavyGuidance for Official Posts
U.S. NavyNavy Ombudsman Social Media Handbook
U.S. NavyNavy Command Social Media Handbook
UC Berkeley Alumni AssociationCommunity Policy
UK Civil ServiceEngaging Through Social Media: A Guide for Civil Servants
UK Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeSocial Media
UK Ministry of DefenceOnline Engagement Guidelines
UnicSocial Media Guidelines
United Arab Emirates (UAE) GovernmentSocial Media Guidelines
University of Colorado - BoulderSocial Media Guidelines
University of HoustonSocial Media Policy
University of Maryland Medical CenterComments Policy and Blog Participation Terms and Conditions
University of MichiganGuidelines for the Use of Social Media
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Department of AthleticsPolicy on Student-Athlete Social Networking and Media Use
University of OregonSocial Media Best Practices
University of Southern MississippiSocial Media Policy
University of Virginia LibrarySocial Media Guide
US Medical SuppliesSocial Media Policy
Utah State Archives and Records ServicePreliminary Guidance on Government Use of Social Media
Vanderbilt UniversitySocial Media Handbook
Vanderbilt University Medical CenterSocial Media Policy
Vertex PharmaceuticalsTwitter Guidelines
VIA Rail CanadaSocial Media Policy
Voest AlpineSocial Media Manual
voestalpineSocial Media Manual
VolvoSocial Media Guidelines for Employees
Wake County, North CarolinaWeb 2.0 Guidelines for Use
Walker Art CenterBlog Guidelines
WalmartSocial Media Guidelines
Washington PostDigital Publishing Guidelines
WebtrendsSocial Media Guidelines
Wells FargoCommunity Guidelines
WOMMASocial Media Policy Template
Workplace FairnessOff-Duty Conduct
Yahoo!Personal Blogging Policy
YMCA - West Suburban (Massachusetts)Social Networking Policy
YMCA HoustonSocial Media Policy
YMCA of Greater RochesterSocial Media Policy
YMCA of Metropolitan DallasSocial Networking Policy
YMCA of Silicon ValleySocial Media Policy

Thanks to Chris Boudreaux for putting this list together.