Here's a quick update to a post I did back in March regarding a local tech start-up, Compendium Software. Another article ran in today's Indianapolis Star announcing that Compendium is officially open for business and already has their first customer. Here's the excerpt that got my attention:
"The number one reason companies don't blog is fear. They fear what their employees will say," Baggott said. "What we're doing is giving them this control. Before it's posted, it has to go through an approval process."
I think they're absolutely right about the fear issue, but I'm not totally comfortable with the control solution. After all, aren't blogs supposed to be open and transparent? I'm pleased to report that my blog does not go through any sort of edit/control process with my employer. In fact, I'd probably shut it down if I were forced to have "big brother" manage what I want to say here. Fortunately for me, Wiley has a very reasonable corporate blogging policy that doesn't force this sort of control. The golden rule is the same one Scoble has been reciting for years: Don't say anything stupid!
So on the one hand, I'm thrilled to see a local tech start-up involved in such a cool technology and hope it will result in more corporate blogging sites. On the other hand, I hope the control element doesn't cause it to fail.