It is very hard to miss Michael Hanscom’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame, since it made to #1 AND #2 spot of blogdex.com today. It is such a simple story, Michael owns a weblog and Michael was a temp worker working for Microsoft. One morning he noted a small event at the docking station, made a brief entry into his weblog. Later, Michael found his recent entry about his employer made it to slashdot.com. The next day, he was fired. Maybe someday someone will make a movie out of it?
The story didn’t end there because Michael’s weblog, unlike his employment with M$, continues.
I’ve heard of sentences and headlines here and there about how people got fired because of their weblogs. I always assumed it had something to do with leaking company secrets. As for the exact nature of such secrets, I always vaguely aligned it with something in the scale of Mission Impposible, something grand, important, blahblahblah. It is the first time I actually learned one such incident at its entirety. I¡¯m shocked at its …how should I put it?…triviality! Under comparison, the US government seems a much lesser evil than Microsoft. So maybe we have all been wrong about the evilness of politicians, it is really the big corporations that we should despise!
BTW, Michael quoted an article by Anil Dash, which I found very interesting.
privacy through identity control. It argues that there is no point in trying to maintain anonymity on the web. Hmmm…