Cancel your Friendster account

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

13 comments on “Cancel your Friendster account
  1. Fired for Blogging

    No, not me. (But would it surprise you?) It seems that Friendster, who had no policy at all on employee blogging, has fired Joyce Park. You may remember her from such debates as Java vs. PHP. Or maybe her book. Or maybe mod_pubsub (blog). Take a minut…

  2. Fired for blogging

    Picked the following up on Jeremy Zawodny’s Blog that the evil people at Friendster who have no policies in place regarding to blogging, has fired one of their employees Joyce Park. Since when is it company policy to dictate what…

  3. Fired for blogging

    Picked the following up on Jeremy Zawodny’s Blog that the evil people at Friendster who have no policies in place regarding to blogging, has fired one of their employees Joyce Park. Since when is it company policy to dictate what…

  4. Eigentor

    Ein wahre Welle an blogosphârischem Medienecho hat der Blogeintrag “Shitcanned” von “Troutgirl” ausgelĂ st. Im wahren Leben[tm] ist “Troutgirl” Joyce Park, PHP Expertin aus Leid

  5. Andrew Evans says:

    GETABIKEGEN!!!

  6. Matthew says:

    Gen, You use common sense to say “no comment”, why shouldn’t she have the same common sense?

  7. Hey, she’s not allowing comments on the “shitcanned” post, but I will defend to the death her right to say it.

  8. Christian Gates says:

    Gen, I think you’re over-reacting here. I’m not saying that it’s not a fairly excessive response to what appears to be somewhat innocuous posts – but then, without all of the information, it’s pretty tough to make that call.
    A re-platforming for a technology-based company is a big deal, and those things are typically not for disclosure by the rank and file – because they aren’t easily described by people that only see part of the picture.
    Corporate communications are a really big deal in the market place, and like it or not, that person might have damaged the business that was paying her for programming services, not marketing.
    cdg

  9. Maya Drozdz says:

    We’re designers, not programmers, but we stand behind Joyce Park. Read our discussion on the matter here:
    http://www.cranbrookdesign.com/comments.php?id=510_0_1_0_C

  10. technostan says:

    Random Intel

    I finally have some time to catch up on some of the interesting clippings I’ve saved in Bloglines. Some of this stuff might be old news (i.e. a week old). Wikipedia I missed the whole Wikipedia debate last week but via Joi Ito, there’s a summary to the…

  11. #direktif says:

    Blog dan Tempat Kerja: Perlu Hati-hati dan Pengertian

    Pemecatan karyawan oleh Friendster karena menulis blog tentang perusahaan dan reaksi berkelanjutan tentang menyusun blog yang berkaitan dengan tempat kerja.

  12. Dav says:

    I cancelled mine during founder Jonathon Abrams arrogant and moronic keynote at SXSW back in March.