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Whether you love or hate Microsoft, it would be nice to emulate their success. A number of past and present Microsoft employees have blogs of their own. They can often be an interesting insight into how the software giant runs. You can get a list of blogs from Microsoft Watch. Most of these blogs are run on the employee’s personal sites, but a few are more official.

Perhaps you should give your employees the opportunity to express themselves online through their own blogs. Some companies may be afraid to let their employees open up to the world, but people will create blogs of their own, regardless of your wishes. Keep in mind that on a company-sponsored blog, writers will often be less inclined to write things that might harm the business. But on their personal blogs, anything goes. So why not head things off and sponsor blogs for each employee?

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