I just cancelled my Friendster account.
I cancelled it because Friendster fired Joyce Park, who not only is a well-regarded PHP programmer and author of books on PHP, but has written extensively about blogging and business.
So I was terminated from Friendster today. The reason given was blogging.
The levels of irony on this are pretty deep. For one thing, I wrote a fairly well-known paper last year about the need for semi-permeable blogging. For another thing, by all accounts the particular posts that led to my termination were this one and this one (although feel free to check my archives for any other incriminating information). I try really hard not to blog about anything that is not a matter of public record… but I guess that’s not protection any more. You get Slashdotted, make Udell’s column, lose your job. And finally, it’s especially ironic because Friendster, of course, is a company that is all about getting people to reveal information about themselves…
If this is emblematic of the management that is running Friendster, I can assure you that Friendster will go nowhere.
You can still find me on LinkedIn.
Shitcanned [troutgirl.com – Joyce’s blog]
Fired for Blogging (Jeremy Zawodny’s blog)
Clueless newbie award: Scott Sassa of Friendster
Many-to-Many: Fired From Friendster for Blogging
Jeffrey McManus’ Grind: Now Here Is A Company That Really Gets Online Community