Weeks ago, you might have thought that Mark Jen’s tech career was in peril. He’s the guy who was fired from Google after blogging about some of his experiences there. He wasn’t on the streets for long. Jen has joined Plaxo as part of the company’s engineering team. As Jen notes in his blog this evening, “recruiters started contacting me. this was a very unique experience; while most job seekers have to go to great lengths to get a foot in the door, i was being aggressively pursued.” Jen says he interviewed or chatted with Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon, Technorati, Filangy and others.
Who says blogging doesn’t pay?
Speaking of blogging and employers, San Francisco start-up Technorati had its own mini employee-blogger controversy this weekend. On his personal blog last Friday, employee Niall Kennedy posted a Photoshopped image of a 1940s-era propaganda poster as a way to “express how corporations would like to control what their employees say on a weblog, at a bar, or even to their famlies.” Technorati took offense with the post and Kennedy took it down. Late tonight, Kennedy posted an apology and an explanation of the incident.
Feedster responded quickly to the Technorati dust-up, publishing its own corporate blogging policy on its blog today. Feedster CEO Scott Rafer tells us the timing of Feedster’s posting was intentional, “to see if anyone would notice and chuckle mildly.” But he said Feedster takes the issue seriously. “Please note that we ask that our employees make the same sort of disclaimer that ‘Rati does i.e. that employees opinions are not representative of Feedster. Enforcing our policy to the letter would theoretically cause us to act exactly the way that ‘Rati did. An example is here: http://demitriousk.blogspot.com/ My disclaimer will go up the next time that I blog something.”
Personal expression is becoming a messy affair for companies big and small.