Another one bites the dust

Another blogger fired for blogging – this time Mark Jen got the sack from Google after just a few weeks for blogging about how he didn’t like his remuneration package, amongst other things.

What surprises me about this is that I thought Google were savvy enough to have a clear blog policy and that they would have ensured that all employees understood it. They are a truly geek-laden company, after all, and geek-laden companies should be amongst the first to realise that employees will blog. Maybe not all of them, maybe not all the time, but they will have people blogging and some will be blogging about their work and about the company.

For Google, that should have been a no-brainer, particularly in the light of the fact that they own Blogger. How on earth the concept of blogging guidelines could possibly have escaped them, I just do not know.

Neville Hobson has some good commentary, as does Scoble.

One thought on “Another one bites the dust

  1. Should Google have blogging guidelines? Of course.

    Should an employee of Google be intelligent enough to know that you shouldn’t badmouth your employer’s compensation on your public blog? Should said employee also be intelligent enough to know that employee handbook stipulations against speaking to the press without prior vetting extend to your online journal, without his employer having to add the words “…and your little blog too”?

    Hell yes.

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