In her post, Troutgirl (Joyce Parks) says “I worked really hard for that company, and I don’t think I have anything to be ashamed of.”
Reading through the blog posts she quotes as the reasons for her firing, it’s hard to see what she said that would cause the company to dismiss her. Of course, it’s impossible and inappropriate to make any judgements without knowing anything of the background. Nevertheless, something happened that caused such a violent reaction by her employer.
There’s a link from Troutgirl’s blog to that of her boyfriend Tim. In a post yesterday, Tim takes up a cudgel in defence of Troutgirl and attacks Friendster’s CEO: “Scott [Sassa] fired one of Friendster’s most respected engineers, for blogging about Friendster. Fired her, what’s more, for blogging in a generally positive and non-specific manner about Friendster. […] There were no warnings, no requests to remove the material, no other reasons mentioned.”
Without blogs, none of this would have seen the light of a global day and would likely have remained a private employer/employee matter. Blogs make the story a very public one. Potentially, this could develop into a public issue, one in which Friendster may suddenly find itself having to defend or comment on.
It will be interesting to see if or how this develops, and how Friendster deals with it.