iGO eBooks® } Social Media Policy
This policy governs the publication of and commentary on social media by iGO eBooks® and its associated divisions. For the purposes of this Policy, social media means any facility for online publication and commentary, (as part of our cognitive development), including without limitation blogs, wiki's, and social networking sites, which, in the case of iGO eBooks® (at the time of publishing this Policy) includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, BlogTalkRadio, BookMachine.me, Bitly, Delicious, Disqus, Dailymotion, Digg, FastPencil, FeedARead, Feedly, Goodreads, HeadTalker, Twubs, iAuthor, iLike, Indiegogo, iTunes, All Indie Writers, Amazon, Klout, Libib, LibraryThing, LiveJournal, Foursquare, Listly, MySpace, National Authors Association, PodOmatic, Paper.li, Poken, Personapp, Reverbnation, Riffle, Reddit, Scoop.it, Scribd, Second Life, Selz, Shelfari, Skype, Smashwords, SteamFeed, Ted Conferences, The Book Marketing Network, The Publishing Training Centre, Third Scribe, Thunderclap, UK Kindle Users Forum, Vladeo, Vimeo, WattPad, WebRing, WoodBox, Word It Out, Wordle, WordPress, World Literary Cafe, Writers & Artists, WritersCafe, Writing.Com, Yahoo Groups, Yammer, YuDu Media, Alexa, Forbes, iGO eBooksBlogs, Booklikes, Submittable, Storyfy, Mashable, Blogger.com, NetworkedBlogs, Tabsite, SoundCloud, SocialOomph, StumbleUpon, Hoot Suite Media, Typeform, OnlyWire, and Xing.
iGO eBooks® is free to publish or comment via social media in accordance with this Policy. iGO eBooks® are subject to this Policy to the extent they identify themselves as being associated with iGO eBooks® (other than as an incidental mention of a location in a personal blog on topics unrelated to our nature of work.
Notwithstanding the previous section, this Policy applies to all users of social media, including personal, by iGO eBooks® who are (describe employees who this applies to outside of work as well by title or job responsibilities), as their position with iGO eBooks® would be well known within the community.
Publication and commentary on social media carry similar obligations to any other kind of publication or commentary.
All uses of social media must follow the same ethical standards that iGO eBooks® must otherwise strive to follow.
Do not Tell Secrets
Whilst it is perfectly acceptable to talk about our work and have a dialog with the community, it is not okay to publish confidential information. Confidential information includes things such as unpublished details about our software, details of current projects, future publication dates, financial information, research, and trade secrets. We respect the wishes of our customers, clients, sponsors, readers, and stakeholders regarding the confidentiality of current projects. We must also be mindful of the competitiveness of our industry.
Protect your own privacy
Privacy settings on social media platforms will be set to allow anyone to see profile information similar to what would be on the iGO eBooks® website(s). We strive to ensure that other privacy settings that might allow others to post information or see information that is personal is set to limit access. We also are mindful of posting information that you would not want the public to see. Regard to the requirements of GDPR compliance is adhered to.
We do not blog anonymously, using pseudonyms, (other than pen name iGO®, or actual name) or false screen names. We believe in transparency and honesty. We will endeavour to use our real name, be clear who we are, (notwithstanding also operating under the pseudonym of iGO® & iGO eBooks®), and identify that our work is for iGO eBooks®. We will not seek to do anything that is dishonest, untrue, or misleading. If we have a vested interest in something we are discussing we will point it out. We will also try to be being smart about protecting ourselves and our privacy. We are mindful that what we publish will be around for a long time, so we consider the content carefully and also cautious about disclosing personal details.
Respect copyright laws
It is important that we try and show proper respect for the laws governing copyright and fair use or fair dealing of copyrighted material owned by others, including iGO eBooks® own copyrights and brands. We will strive to quote short excerpts of someone else's work and always attribute such work to the original author/source. It is good general practice to link to others' work rather than reproduce it, (unless deemed to be in the general domain), and will consider this as an option.
Respect to our customers, clients organisations, stakeholders, Authors/Publishers, Readers, and Suppliers.
The public in general, and customers, clients, organisations, and stakeholders reflect a diverse set of customs, values and points of view. Therefore it is inappropriate to say anything contradictory or in conflict with the iGO eBooks® website(s). We will not be afraid to be ourselves, but doing so in a respectful manner. This includes not only the obvious (no ethnic slurs, offensive comments, defamatory comments, personal insults, obscenity, etc.) but also proper consideration of privacy and of topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory - such as politics and religion. We will strive to use our best judgment and be sure to make it clear that the views and opinions expressed are ours alone and do not represent the official views of third parties.
No derogatory, inflammatory, or in any other diminishing way comments, feedbacks, blogs, or remarks, on any social or other media platform should be made, (and are unacceptable), whether they are made on or off any site/premise against iGO®, iGO eBooks® which will be treated seriously and appropriate action taken.
Protect iGO eBooks® customers, clients, organisations, stakeholders, Authors/Publishers, Readers, and suppliers
Customers, clients, organisations, stakeholders, and suppliers will not be cited or obviously referenced without their approval.
Unless otherwise appropriate or in context, we will not identify a customer, client, organisation, or supplier by name without permission and never discuss confidential details of an engagement with any of these parties. It is acceptable to discuss general details about kinds of projects and to use non-identifying pseudonyms for a customer/client group, (e.g. organisation 123) so long as the information provided does not violate any non-disclosure agreements that may be in place with the party concerned or make it easy for someone to identify the originator.
If we see misrepresentations made about iGO eBooks® in the media, we will point that out. We will do so with respect and with the facts. If we speak about others, we will strive to try and ensure that what we say is factual and that it does not disparage that party.
Be the first to respond to our own mistakes
If we make an error, we will be upfront about our mistake and correct it as quickly as practically possible. If we choose to modify an earlier post, we will make it clear that we have done so. If someone accuses us of posting something improper, (such as their copyrighted material or a defamatory comment about them, albeit that it would likely be unintentional and unconsciously made), we will deal with it quickly as practically possible.
Policy violations will be subject to iGO eBooks® Policies & Procedures and will be reviewed from time to time to reflect any given situation that may arise or lessons learned.