Fired Google blogger says ‘hi’


After two weeks of silence, and a bit of speculation, Mark Jen (now ex-Google blogger) say’s ‘Hi‘.

Scoble hands out advice to any bloggers mentioning their employer:

“The thing I like about working at Microsoft is that I can talk smack about my boss (I wish he’d give me a reason, though, Lenn is one of the best people I’ve ever worked for) and I can write about things that I’d like to see Microsoft do in the future. Yes, there are risks.”

…It’s not easy writing in public. All it takes is one paragraph to lose credibility, have people laugh at you, get you sued, create a PR firestorm, or get your boss mad at you. Think about that one for a while. Just a few hundred pixels on the screen can dramatically change what people think about you.”

Comments (1)

  1. David Pomeroy says:

    The great thing about the Internet however is that it is an "OPEN FORUM" – and whilst there are risks involved, there is no more risk debating a topic here, than debating it in any other form of printable media.

    Agreeably, we shouldn’t be discussing commercial secrets / IP here – covered by employment contracts… but talking in general about upcoming technologies is hardly being a "corporate spy". Disclaimers clearly state "my opinions are not necessarily those of my employer", so the lines are clear.

    If employers are good employers, what do they have to fear? Most likely those who rant and rave are likely to be talking about former employers, or one who got them fired… rather than their current one. Look at the "Fired Google Blogger…" headline as an example…

    The web is uncensored, the flow of information should not be impeded. Publish and be damned!

    David Pomeroy