Social Media Policy

The Energy Biosciences Institute: Social Media Policy

Social media describes Web-based platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn that allow people to interact with each other online. They also allow sharing and repurposing of content with your friends and network, allowing people and institutions to greatly expand their reach.

At the Energy Biosciences Institute, our social media encourages a lively, informed conversation about renewable energy issues. EBI is not an advocacy organization -- it is a research organization. It does not seek to direct the biofuels dialogue, but to inform and encourage it.

On our magazine and EBI website, along with our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn pages and blogs, we welcome comments and suggestions from our readers. Here are our community guidelines for the use of EBI’s social media:

Be respectful and considerate. Profanity, threats, discriminatory remarks, harassment, bullying, and/or malicious or abusive comments will not be posted.
Be honest and accurate. If you make an error, please correct it as soon as possible.
Give credit. If you post comments, papers, or photos from other people, give them credit and provide a link to the original if possible.
Follow financial disclosure laws and do not post information or links to be used for outside commercial purposes.
Do not post confidential company information, trade secrets, or internal documents.
Express only your personal opinions and make clear you are not representing yourself as a spokesperson of EBI or the university.
If you are an EBI employee blogging on bioenergy, please include a disclaimer such as “The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the EBI.”

Personal social media use

Many students and researchers enjoy personal accounts on Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, EBI alumni Facebook pages, and other social media sites. But while networking friends, family, colleagues, and potential employers, it’s good to keep a few cautions in mind:

  • Anything in your profile can usually be seen by your peers, employers, college, or family members.
  • Be aware that any comments you make, even in Chat, could be reposted and circulated globally.
  • Employers are permitted to view social networking sites without notifying the owners, and some may take action against you even for behavior that is legal.
  • Avoid posting phone numbers, addresses, or dates of birth, because this information may be used by identity thieves.
  • Ask permission to post and report on conversations that are private or internal to EBI. If you’re unsure whether something is all right to post, consult with EBI communications.
  • If you’re thinking about posting on work in progress or unpublished research, please check with EBI’s Intellectual Property office first.
  • Use your privacy settings to set limits on who can see your posts.

Attorneys have repeatedly targeted Facebook and other media sites when looking for information that would be helpful to their clients. However, it is important to note that the courts have ruled that the online speech of employees engaging in concerted activity to improve working conditions is protected.

Our Social Media Sites

The Energy Biosciences Institute Communications Department manages the following websites and social media sites:

Facebook (Official EBI site):
Twitter (EBI):
Twitter (Bioenergy Connection magazine):

Our Websites

Energy Biosciences Institute website:
Bioenergy Connection magazine website:

For more information

If you have further questions on social media policies, please contact your HR representative.