All over the news right now is the story of a teenage office worker from Essex who has been sacked for saying her job's boring on Facebook. Is it really a sackable offence? This seems to have divided the opinion of the journalists and broadcast presenters I'm hearing right now.
Apparently her boss stumbled across her comments and didn't appreciate the attitude, so let her go. Here's the Mail's (as you'd expect) perspective.
For years employers have toiled over issues like this. Most recently with Facebook, and before that other social networks that let us express ourselves, share photos and vent online. Remember the 'Bastardstones' blogger? This is not new at all.
So it's not hard to imagine yourself in a position of HR and comms departments in a organisations that are coming to terms with how social networking is affecting staff morale, company reputation and plain old person to person relations. It's not just the 'sackable offence' that needs to be predicted and planned for. It's the way semi-private / semi-public online discussions can affect a workforce, customer base and stakeholder group that needs to be considered.