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Tuesday, February 08, 2005



Blogger fired from Google?


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(News.com) Unfortunately it looks like Mark Jen is no longer working for Google which may be due to the fact of his blog.
Jen's departure comes less than a month after he joined Google as part of a wave of new hires and began recording his impressions of his new employer, including criticisms, in his blog.

Jen began making entries in Ninetyninezeros on Jan. 17, and soon drew the notice of other bloggers. Curiosity spiked when the postings temporarily disappeared about a week later.

We all thought life was okay for Mark Jen, but after hearing that he was let go realized that it seems, even at Google, Blogging is a dangerous affair. More of my thoughts on the issue below.

Bloggers getting in trouble seems to be an increasing phenomenon in the work place. More and more companies are firing, or penalizing workers with blogs now-a-days.
...a Delta Air Lines flight attendant lost her job after posting photos of herself in uniform on her blog.

A Microsoft contractor lost his job last year after he took some pictures of Apple G5 computers being unloaded onto the software company's campus and posted them to his blog.

Friendster, known for breaking new ground in online social networking and promoting self-expression among peers, fired one of its employees in August over her Troutgirl blog.

Even a soldier was let go because of his blog. This is becoming quite disturbing, although it is understandable why companies are letting go workers who make them look bad (as their actions could hurt their public image). However it does make the world a lot more hostile towards bloggers who have become known for their fact checking, rumor validating, life "splaining," attitude that is part of the culture. Blogging seems to have a price tag to it, and for anyone who does out there...be careful.


P.S.

Mark, you will be missed by all. Sad Selah.



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