Operation BBQ Relief Social Media Policy

Whether or not you as an Operation BBQ Relief board director choose to create or participate in a blog, wiki, online social network or any other form of online publishing or discussion is your own choice. In general, what you do on your own time is your business. However, activities Operation BBQ Relief’s business interests are covered by this policy and guideline. This applies whether you engage in these activities in or outside of work, and whether or not you identify yourself as with Operation BBQ Relief.

If you choose to participate in these types of online activities it is important that you understand what is recommended, expected and required, whether at work or on your own time. Accordingly, we have developed the following guidelines for you to follow when posting to a blog or some other form of social media like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or Linkedin.

Be thoughtful about how you present yourself in online social networks. The lines between public and private, and personal and professional are blurred in online social networks. If you identify yourself as an Operation BBQ Relief director or are known to be one, you are now connected to Operation BBQ Relief, donors and even Operation BBQ Relief’s volunteers. You should ensure that content associated with you is consistent with Operation BBQ Relief goals and objectives.

Respect your audience remember that Operation BBQ Relief is a non-profit organization whose donors and volunteers reflect a diverse set of customs, values and points of view. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, but do so respectfully. This includes not only the obvious (no ethnic slurs, personal insults, obscenity, etc.) but also topics that may be considered offensive or inflammatory. Use your best judgment, but if you need further guidance regarding what constitutes inappropriate communications please consult with Operation BBQ Relief’s Executive Directors.

Respect the privacy of your fellow directors. Blogs, wikis, social networks and other tools should not be used for internal communications among directors. It is fine for Operation BBQ Relief directors to disagree, but please don’t use your external blog or other online social media to air your differences. Do not discuss other directors or anyone associated with Operation BBQ Relief without their permission

Use a disclaimer. When Operation BBQ Relief wishes to communicate publicly it has an established means to do so. Only those individuals officially designated by Operation BBQ Relief have the authority to speak on behalf of Operation BBQ Relief. If you identify yourself as an Operation BBQ Relief director, however, people may confuse your opinions with those of the Operation BBQ Relief. In order to avoid this problem you must make clear that you are writing for yourself and on your own behalf, and not for Operation BBQ Relief. At a minimum, we strongly recommend that you include a disclaimer similar to the following: “the postings on this site are my own and do not represent Operation BBQ Relief’s opinions or positions.”

Protect Operation BBQ Relief’s confidential information. As an Operation BBQ Reliefdirector you have an obligation to protect the confidential, and proprietary information of Operation BBQ Relief.

In sum, use your best judgment. Remember there may be consequences to what you post or publish online including discipline if you engage in conduct that Operation BBQ Relief deems inappropriate or violates any Operation BBQ Relief policies. If you’re about to post something and you are concerned whether you are following these guidelines or any Operation BBQ Relief policy, please discuss it with Executive Board before posting.