Blogging about one’s job

I was wondering when this would hit the news. A set of links, presented without comment (and with the employee name in question redacted):

Note that the last two items above are by people who work for competitors of the company in question.

I'm mostly avoiding naming said company in this journal, to reduce the likelihood of search-engine users happening across my entries. (Which is also why I blanked out the guy's name, a name you can easily determine by following any of the above links.) I don't think I've said anything untoward here, but I think bloggers who are employees of high-profile companies (even more than is true for blogs in general) need to be aware that anything they say about the company could appear on the front page of the New York Times the next day. So I try to be circumspect, but also to minimize the likelihood of drawing attention to myself. (But I certainly wouldn't rely exclusively on avoiding using names; that's security by obscurity, and it doesn't work. All it would take is one person linking to an entry of mine and referring to me in the link text as an employee of company X, and then search engines would associate my entry with the name of the company. So circumspection is also a necessary part of the overall approach.)

I'm certainly not going to weigh in on the question of whether the firing was appropriate or not; among other things, I don't have sufficient data to have an informed opinion. But I will note that there are online discussions of the issue that leap to bizarre conclusions about the reasons for the firing. Of course, I don't know what those reasons were either. But some people are making pretty silly assumptions about what they were.

2 Responses to “Blogging about one’s job”

  1. Wayman

    I can’t believe the Chicago Bulls fired M– J– for blogging!– oh, I see by following the links you weren’t talking about Michael Jordan ๐Ÿ™‚

    Interesting and … odd. I’d read about the stewardess a while back. I’d been thinking about mentioning a certain company whose … audition process … has been tediously slow in my blog recently; maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t. Perhaps I can give them a clever psuedonym, like Buenavista….

  2. naomi

    One of the things I like about LiveJournal is the ability to lock posts. I’m sanguine about the likelihood of net glitches making my locked posts public at some point, but it does allow for something of a happy medium between openness and caution.

    And I’m continually grateful, when employers look me up online as a job applicant, that the net’s existence came about well after I abandoned teenage angst poetry in favour of nobler pursuits. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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