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Telling your boss about your blog

Robert Scoble comments on the story of a UK blogger in France being fired for blogging.

As usual, the things I find interesting are not on the topic, but around it – this time it’s about the role of a blogger’s manager:

If your boss doesn’t know you’re doing it, that should set off alarm bells right there. Talking online WILL get back to your boss. Unless you are so freaking careful to make sure you stay anonymous (like MiniMicrosoft, Microsoft’s anonymous blogger, has so far). This person obviously didn’t stay anonymous enough. It’s why I don’t advise anyone try the anonymous route: either be straight up with your boss and everyone, or stay off the Internet.

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Anytime you are identifyable with your company you’ve gotta be professional about your behavior. It’s why at Microsoft we said the policy was ‘be smart.’ That roughly translated to ‘don’t piss off your boss.’

Of course, the point is where to draw the line: telling your boss about all your activities online doesn’t make sense and the boundary between blogging about personal life and work is often sooo blurred…

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2006/07/20.html#a1803; comments are here.

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