Blogging ghosts

An interesting post by  (via ) regarding how has revisited its online blogs to remove or amend reference to employees who no longer work at the company.

In contrast, (Phipps’ current employer) has a policy of closing posts/blogs when staff depart, but not rewriting history.

Revisionism is very Orwell’s , but an issue for public relations practitioners to consider.  It is vital to monitor and update information on corporate sites, but should this include blogs, which are meant to be a conversation at a particular point in time.  A note could be made clarifying that someone had left the organisation or providing up to date information, but I tend towards not revising postings.

Another thing to consider in the corporate blogging policy? 

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Heather Yaxley

Heather Yaxley is passionate about PR - teaching the CIPR qualifications, lecturing part-time at Bournemouth University and running the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA). I'm undertaking a PhD looking at Career Strategies in PR. I love sharing ideas and knowledge - connecting news and views by blogging on public relations and educational developments, especially relating to accelerated and active learning. I'm also a published author, qualified trainer and experienced consultant.

2 thoughts on “Blogging ghosts”

  1. I agree with making a note of someones departure, otherwise people might think they had left under a cloud. And if companies make amendments when the staff change what else can they amend, perhaps to suit their position at any specific time?

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