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Weekly Digest: Compliance headlines from Twitter for March 5, 2009

As those of you who have followed the launch of know, we’ve been using our @ITCompliance account on Twitter to share news, find our audience, get the freshest compliance news and pass on information about what’s happening on our site. Like Marshall Kirkpatrick and Richard MacManus at ReadWriteWeb, I see considerable applications for journalism there. (Here’s how they use Twitter for journalism.)

I was reminded recently, however, that many CIOs and compliance professionals are not on the microblogging platform yet.

It makes sense to share compliance-related news and resources that we’ve found on Twitter with you all in the form of a weekly digest. If you haven’t followed us on Twitter, here’s what you’ve missed:

RT @ jhalamka Google Health quietly launched a disruptive technology: social networking for personal health records [#PHI]

OGC endorsed a #compliance framework to audit vendor products, documentation & processes against #ITIL best practices:

PRT @ MarieADomingo Congrats to Scot Petersen (@scotpe ), former eWeek editor; new exec editor of at #TechTarget

RT @ sarahebourne Thoughts by Candi Harrison, former HUD web mgr, on top-level Federal web governance via @ levyj413

#SEC Investigation into #optionsfraud of former #RIM execs illustrates need for email management: (via @ ONSITE3)

RT @ CCI_Compliance Beware of CorporateCompliance Form Hoax Circulating in #Ohio –>

RT @ CAInfoGov Pete Pepiton ponders the shift in how #eDiscovery is practiced today: | #CA | (via @ complexd)

Will the latest HIPAA rule changes force healthcare IT security pros to better understand data flow? (via @ rwestervelt)

New #screencast on leveraging IT infrastructure for #compliance with Brian Babineau & Mark Schlack:

The #Compliance Decisions Summit is next Thursday (3.12.2009) in #Boston, MA | We’ll be there. Will you? | #CDS09

NOTE: “RT” means “retweet” and “PRT” means that the retweeted content has been modified. If you need a quick primer on Twitter, try the post I wrote for last year, “What is Twitter? Is this distributed microblogging platform ready for the enterprise?”

My colleague Kristen Caretta has also been exploring the platform. She’s written about finding the business benefits of Twitter and using Twitter as a business tool.

I will post digests more frequently if the volume of microblog posts (or “tweets”) merits it. You’ll certainly be able to follow our coverage of the Compliance Decisions Summit next week here and on Twitter. I’ll have a video camera and digital voice recorder, so expect to hear and see more from CIOs, security and compliance professionals.

We’re always looking for a way to feature our audience. If you’d like to write a case study of a difficult compliance-related business decision, technology implementation or user education opportunity, please write to and let us know.

UPDATE: Rebecca Herold suggested via her Twitter account (@PrivacyProf) that I explain what the pound signs (#) above are and what their significance is to those unfamiliar with Twitter. (You may remember her as the compliance expert whose work on Windows compliance was the subject of a previous post.)

Here’s how puts it:

Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They’re like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.

You can learn more about them at the Twitter Fan Wiki page for hashtag. Here’s the history:

Hashtags were developed as a means to create “groupings” on Twitter, without having to change the basic service. The hash symbol is a convention borrowed primarily from IRC channels, and later from Jaiku’s channels. provides real-time tracking of Twitter hashtags. Opt-in by following @hashtags to have your hashtags tracked.  Similarly, Twemes offers real-time tracking without the necessity of following a specific Twitter account.  Also, with their purchase of Summize, Twitter itself now offers some support of hashtags at their search engine:

How does that extend to compliance? Simple. Just go to and enter compliance. You’ll see a real-time reflection of the news, commentary and resources being exchanged on Twitter. You can subscribe to the compliance hashtag using RSS. If you prefer email alerts, you can also use TweetBeep to get an hourly update of whenever someone uses compliance in a tweet.

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