Friendster coder fired for blogging

Yikes! (Read her blog here). I'm not sure what she said that was against some Friendster policy, but nobody wants to see this happen to a fellow blogger. And hey, could they have reprimanded her first? Warned her? Or is she supposed to be an example?

At this point, doesn't the firing do more harm than good? Isn't Friendster about reaching out to others via the 'NET? Or does this just show a lack of understanding of blogging by Friendster? Like the fact that her firing is going to make the news big-time. That blogs are viral and about a bazillion people are reading about it right now.

I've posted in the past about how everything you do in public is marketing. At the very least, I'd say that this is not good marketing.

I could be totally paranoid and tell you to read my disclaimer here ; ) (ah, it probably doesn't hurt to throw that in now and then, does it?).

Anyway, it's clear to me that many, if not most, companies do not understand blogging. Which makes me glad I am where I am. Where transparency is considered an asset not a threat.


Comments (6)

  1. That’s absolutley absurd. They fired her for THAT? All she did was mention proudly that the Friendster site was now much faster thanks to her work.

  2. Mark says:

    Hmmm…MS did fire a guy for posting pics of G5’s in the docks, IIRC. I think the official line was something like he didn’t belong there, but I’d say it still counts as a black eye and a mark against transparency.

  3. Heather says:

    Mark, I don’t know much about that case, other than the fact that the person was contracting at Microsoft, not a full-time employee.

  4. Personally, I’m on her side. But if she is claiming that it is all because of her, then that might be interpreted as they can’t live without her and they just proved that theory wrong. It also doesn’t show much team building which could have created some tension in the work place as well.

    If this was discovered by somebody much higher in the food chain and trickled back down, somebody else could have been taking heat for apparently bad decisions in choosing JSP in the first place. Or she could have been screwing up on something else and the blog posting is getting all the credit for her dismissal.

    "News" like this does have to be taken with a grain of salt. It is very one-sided and far from objective.

  5. Alex says:

    I think it is highly dangerous career move commenting on "happenings" in a corporate blog because your superiors can be "cheesed" for any number of reasons. Your superiors can also come up with any number of reasonably sounding reasons for getting rid of you. I suspect the Friendster coder got canned because she intimated that the former web site was less than acceptable and by inference someone important up the food chain decided she was no longer one of the "team".

  6. Heather says:

    Alex, all the more reason for corporations to have clear guidelines on what can and cannot be blogged on. As far as "happenings" go, I guess I always find myself asking outloud "can I blog this?". As far as opinions, each individual blogger has to get a sense of how tolerant their company is of them expressing those opinions, especially if they are critical.

    Either way, I do hope Troutgirl got some kind of warning or reprimant (it doens’t sound like it though) before she was let go.

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