Google has fired Mark Jen over his blog, writes fellow blogger Jeremy Zawodny with Yahoo.
Jen's tenure with the search company was limited to just a few weeks. Taunting common sense, he on his first day started blogging like he had landed a position as senior vice president (he doesn't disclose his title, but given his experience it's a safe bet to say it's nothing senior). He criticised his new employer and disclosed some minor facts that violated Google policy.
Google management found out, and Jen soon had to edit his earlier posts. But that apparently wasn't enough and in the end Jen found himself in the line for unemployment benefits.
There's a lesson for all bloggers in there:
Be carefull what you write about your boss, employer or business partners. If you're writing a draft for a blog post, think: how would you feel if you're standing in a bar telling the same story to a friend, you turn around and your boss stands right behind you and he has heard the entire story.
Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble of course says it much better
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