McDonald’s has launched a corporate responsiblity blog, Open for Discussion, written primarily by Bob Langert, Senior Director for Corporate Responsibility.
Like many blogs – corporate or not – it got off to a slow start. Too many days between the first few posts in January. And they read more like essays than blog postings. More recently Bob has gotten into the swing of things with shorter, snappier entries. Topics range from his visit to the Winter Olympics in Torino to a link and reference to the blog of a former employee of McDonald’s. (She appears to have been in PR.)
Meanwhile Shel Israel (co-author of “Naked Conversations”) criticized the blog here for overly long entries and for not posting often enough. Although his comments are on target I wonder why it is that some of us knowledgeable about blogging feel compelled to adopt the role of “blogging police”?
I’ll have to think about that one. I guess it makes us look like “experts” because we understand “best practices.” Of course, you could also make the case that it makes us look like jerks…
At any rate, Bob responded aimiably here, thanking Shel for the blogging pointers. That entry earned him 18 comments – most helpful and supportive (“Keep it up and maintain that humble, conversational voice!”).
[Via PR Blogger in German]
Also worth a look, McDonald’s includes a fairly lengthy Terms and Conditions for those wishing to leave a comment or interact with the blog. Notable is the clear reference to the fact that McD’s “owns” any comment left on the blog and can use it, along with your name, any way the company chooses. I suspect you’ll see more T&C’s like these popping up on corporate blogs…
Here they are:
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and otherwise use your submission(s) throughout the world in perpetuity
in any manner that it sees fit without compensation to you. McDonald’s
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- McDonald’s owns this site. As a result, from
time to time, McDonald’s may monitor comments to or the contents of
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its sole discretion any content or comments that it considers violative
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confidential. As a result, you should never submit a comment or other
content to this site that contains any confidential, proprietary or
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