Version 3.0

June 15, 2014

I publish this website with three primary goals in mind:

  1. Provide general information about my business services and activities.
  2. Write commentary and express opinion in the blog on topical issues related to business, communication and technology.
  3. Engage with visitors in conversation and debate via the site’s commenting functionality, and via the various means of communication indicated in various places in the website.

With the blog, I intend it to be primarily a place on the internet that contains my writings (and occasional audio commentaries). If you find this content of interest, then I hope it is also a place where you, me and other people can get together to talk about things of mutual interest.

Everything I write in this blog represents my own views and opinions and does not reflect the views or opinions of anyone else unless expressly stated.

The following text sets out my terms of use that I would like you as a visitor here to understand and to observe. I don’t have many terms, just enough that I believe help make it clear to everyone what’s accepted here and what isn’t. Note that by visiting and making use of this website, or accessing its content via other means, eg, RSS syndication, you agree to abide by these Terms of Use.

Note and Observe the Following Terms of Use:

  1. All information you see in this site is provided “as is,” with no warranty or guarantee of accuracy. Treat all information here with the same caution as you would with any other professional website or blog you visit, printed publication you read, or audio/video publications you listen to or watch.
  2. Joining in a conversation (aka commenting) is open to every visitor – just type in your comments in a post, fill in the your details (name, email address and website) and click the submit button.
  3. If you are a first-time commenter, your comment will go into a moderation queue which waits for me to approve or deny comments. Once you have been approved, you will be able to leave comments without moderation, ie, when you make a subsequent comment, it will be published on the site immediately.
  4. This site uses a variety of means for anti-spam protection. At the vanguard is Akismet, an automated system that monitors every single comment, trackback and pingback and will stop any inbound activity it regards as spam. I tend not to disagree with anything Akismet says is spam. So if you have left a comment, sent a trackback or pingback that has not appeared on the site, the near-100% reason would be that it’s been trapped as spam (but see next two points).
  5. I do not employ any censorship, unreasonable IP address blocking or comment-deny practices. I believe that diversity of opinion is everyone’s natural right. Indeed, different opinions are the seeds for great conversations. However, with that right comes a clear responsibility – a responsibility to respect the opinions of others, even if you disagree; and engage in discussion in a manner that does not foment or provoke offence, anger, hatred, abuse or any other anti-social behaviour that reasonable people would regard as unacceptable.
  6. By leaving a comment in this site, you warrant that the information in your comment does not infringe on anyone’s intellectual property rights nor breaks any laws, to your best knowledge and belief.
  7. I will not allow comments – directly or linked via social networks – trackbacks or pingbacks here from people who are spammers, trolls, run splogs or who, in my sole determination, could create a negative effect for the site and its community. While I’m always willing to discuss such determination if I decide it’s necessary to do so, the final decision on what to allow or not is mine.
  8. You are free to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work in this site under the terms of its Creative Commons license:
    – Attribution. You must give the original author credit.
    – Non-Commercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
    – Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a licence identical to this one.

Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from me. Your fair dealing/fair use and other rights are in no way affected by the above.

My Commitment to You:

  1. Everything I publish here is written or produced in good faith and designed to further the three primary goals I mentioned at the start of this text.
  2. I always endeavour to check facts that I mention in blog posts, especially where I’ve quoted from or referenced another blog, website or other source (but note the caution in the first point in the Terms of Use).
  3. If I learn that something I’ve written in this blog is inaccurate or just plainly incorrect, I will promptly correct the mistake via a further post and/or with corrective editing of the post concerned.
  4. I will always give appropriate attribution to blogs, websites and other sources I reference in my posts, wherever possible.
  5. I respect the intellectual property rights of other people and organizations and will never knowingly use anyone else’s content in my site without their permission where such permission is required under other terms of use.
  6. I will not use this site as a means to further any political agendas. I don’t have any such agendas.
  7. I, too, observe the Terms of Use mentioned above, especially points 5 and 6.
  8. When comments, trackbacks and pingbacks are waiting in the moderation queue, I will approve (or deny, if applicable) such comments, etc, as soon as practically possible. This is typically within 24 hours, although it might be longer due to time zone difference (eg, if you leave a comment during the night my time). Allow up to 72 hours if, for example, I am travelling.
  9. I will respect your right to privacy by not sharing your email address or any other personally-identifiable information with anyone. The information you provide when you leave a comment or get in touch with me via email, phone or social channels is used only for the specific purpose of our being in touch.

I may update, add to, edit or otherwise change these Terms of Use at any time.

Financial Disclosures

Since the beginning of 2012, has been sponsored by WebHostingBuzz (WHB). The arrangement I have is that WHB hosts my web presence at no financial cost to me; in return, I talk about them now and again and write occasional posts on their corporate blogs (which I sometimes cross-post here). All content I publish here about WHB is filed under the category WebHostingBuzz, making it easy to find.

I receive no actual compensation from WHB under this arrangement. Nor does our professional relationship have any expectation of influence by WHB over any content, nor does it in actuality.

My business podcast series, For Immediate Release, is sponsored by Ragan Communications (additionally, The Hobson and Holtz Report weekly podcast is also sponsored by CustomScoop and Igloo Software), who pay my podcasting partner Shel Holtz and I a monthly fee. Most posts published on the FIR website are also cross-posted here. Neither Ragan Communications, CustomScoop nor Igloo Software have any editorial influence over the content published in FIR podcasts or any rights other than the 60-second spots given to them as part of the sponsorship arrangements, plus an ad on the FIR website and mention of their sponsorship in each relevant blog post.

I am occasionally involved in advocacy programmes and write product or service reviews, for which the company or agency concerned may provide me with products or services at no cost to me and about which I may write posts published here (always categorized under Reviews) and/or post commentary on social networks such as Twitter, Google+ or Facebook. An example is the advocacy programme for UK mobile operator EE, running during 2013-14.

Such content I do publish here is independent and the brand owners and representatives concerned have no influence over what I do write and publish. In every post, I openly and transparently disclose relationships.

Neville Hobson

June 15, 2014

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Communication Leader, Social Media Leader, Consultant, Digital Change Agent, Speaker with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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