Reports are all over the internet that an employee at Microsoft has discussed the future of Windows, and what might be in line for the entire company. While the original blurb has been pulled down, this is not the first time that a social networking oops has fundamentally altered the career trajectory of an employee.
PC Pro has the best coverage, and what is interesting uses the employee’s name, and provides a link to the Google cache of the Linkedin page where the note originally appeared. We are just providing a screen cap as it is generally well known (after being slashdotted) who the person is, what they did, and knowing full well that Google Cache is forever.
Google has done much of the same, firing people because they talk about the company in ways that the company might not necessarily like. Bloggers like Mini-Microsoft rely on remaining anonymous or somewhat below the radar so that management will not be truly interested in seeing what they have to say. Companies are tending to take a more detailed view of what employees are doing online, and in general, employees have good days and they have bad days, and in some cases they have very bad days. For some employees it is exciting to say what you are doing because it is super cool or amazing in the longer run what the employee is envisioning could happen.
Few if any really think before they click publish (and I have also been so foolish as to speak out loud and in public over things that were best left private). This is another instance in a long line of not thinking before clicking send, we did this with e-mail, and we do this with social networking. The question is, how do we get people to stop engaging in risky behaviors that could lead to a career altering situation.
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(Cross-posted @ TechWag)