I could use your help. Some of you saw a tiny, mini little meltdown I had on Twitter yesterday regarding the potential loss of my newspaper being able to use it. I learned that Twitter is considered “against coroporate policy” as it is considered a social networking tool. They also feel there are security risks with us using it, not to mention the potential for employees to use it as a way to get around the “no instant messaging’ ban in place.
They’re incredibly strict about that sort of thing.
So I’m being asked to justify my use of Twitter for the the newspaper, the reporters/photographer’s use of Twitter, and the reason why we need an app like Twhirl installed on company computers to run it.
I’ve given our IT person (who is on our side) my spiel about it and I was as impassioned as I could be. But I want to back it up with media examples, links to articles about Twitter use by reporters, and if anyone can speak to the security of it, or apps like Twhirl, I would greatly appreciate it.
I don’t have much time to put this together. I’m searching what I can but I was hoping the hive mind of Twitter could help me put this together faster so I can get this to the people who need their minds opened by the end of the day today.
Thank you for your help.
UPDATE: Comments are best, but apparently my Spam filter isn’t letting people post links. I’ve changed it, but if it doesn’t work, please email me? Thanks!)
I work as the Web Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Grand Island Independent, in Nebraska, which is owned by the Omaha World Herald.
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