Very good article on BBC News Online today on the pros and cons of blogging in the workplace.
Entitled Looming pitfalls of work blogs, the BBC piece discusses employee blogging and potential legal pitfalls for both employer and employee (covering some similar ground to that published on this topic by ComputerWorld in early November), and cites the fired Delta Airlines employee blogger as an example of those risks.
The article also introduces a new buzz word (well, new to me at least):
[…] Increasingly, people are landing in hot water with employers over blogs about their work. A new term has emerged as a result. According to UrbanDictionary.com, to be “dooced” means “losing your job for something you wrote in your online blog, journal, website, etc.”
And more bloggers could be “dooce dodging” in 2005 as employers wake up to the technology.
I like the way the BBC article treats the broad subject of blogging with a sidebar article with real examples of two different people in the UK who blog and why they do. There’s the policeman who blogs and the emergency medical technician with the London ambulance service. Real examples by normal people. And there’s the New York waiter who rants online. I count him among normal people nevertheless 😉
Two plainly-written related articles linked from the main one would be a help to anyone thinking about blogging but who hasn’t started yet – Ask Bruce: What is blogging? and Ask Bruce: How do I get a blog?
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