Yes, Mark Jen, does that ring bells? 😉 Yup, he’s the one who opened up “Ninetyninezeros” which got taken of then put back on by Google only this time with less content — content = less stuff about Google.
Apparently, according to Jeremy Zawodny, who indeed talked to Mark Jen recently, it’s definately to do with his blog and it’s true that he was fired. I just wonder why. That day Mark Jen told us that Google was “totally cool” about it. What happened now? Someone set the fire alarm on?
I just wonder why Google has all these limitations. It’s not like Google is a 100 billion dollar company and just one thing about it revealed to public without its consent can cause the company to close down. Most people don’t even care, they want results.
I reckon Google employees should be free to do whatever they want, even bash the company, you know, just be themselves, rather than lie by saying “Google was totally cool about it” (I’m guessing this, but I strongly do beleive that Google made Mark Jen say that. This may not be true at all though.) So what I’m really trying to say here is Google should be Yahoo!. Yahoo!, as far as I’ve seen, gives its employees total freedom to bash, criticize, say whatever they want, at a limit, without much “warnings”, and nowhere near “firing” (As Jeremy writes in that post near the bottom, he has had a couple talks with his Yahoo! peers who didn’t like what he said, and of course the crazy-but-successful PR department, but at the end it was all cool.)