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Social Media Roundup: Get a Cloud Backup

When the worst happens, a cloud backup could be the difference between working and not. Also: Are social media disclaimers worth the trouble?

The power is out in millions of places right now, and you need email access to keep track of what’s happening.

How do you ensure you’re able to keep working? Get a little cloud in your life.

That and more in today’s Social Media Roundup:

The Value of Redundancy

One technology lesson you can take from this week’s weather is that your data could be safer with a backup on the cloud. “You never know when a storm may hit your office and take down your network,” writes Delcor’s Joseph Frey. “It could actually happen while away at a conference, when you desperately need access to certain systems. If those systems were hosted, you and your staff would not have to worry about service interruptions, thanks to the greater redundancy and reliability built into the cloud.” On the other hand, be careful that your host isn’t in danger of being hit by a hurricane.

Opinions Are My Own

Ever see those warnings on personal Twitter accounts warning people that they’re speaking for themselves, not their company? As Social Media Club’s Vickie Bates points out, they may be more trouble than they’re worth. Beyond possibly creating legal liability, the disclaimers put the company on the defensive. “Fear is never a good starting point for technology or the activities employees use technology for,” she writes. “And disclaimers don’t substitute for clear, fair policies and a solid education program to support employees in their social media practices.” (ht @JeffHurt)

Does your association have a policy on social media disclaimers? Has it given you any issues? Let us know what you think in the comments.

(TMG archive photo)

Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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