When the story of Joyce Parks (aka Troutgirl) and her being fired by Friendster for blogging blew up late last month, it became a popular posting topic by many business bloggers (including me: see post) as well as mainstream media.
Last week, Joyce told her tale to Red Herring, going into some detail on her side of the story. Friendster wouldn’t comment in the article.
Whatever the real situation, the very public ending of Ms Parks’ career at Friendster has done some damage to Friendster’s reputation, becoming a PR issue as much as an HR one. How significant or long lasting this will be remains to be seen.
On balance, it’s hard to see how else Friendster could have dealt with this public exposure of a private employer-employee matter other than making no comment. If they had engaged in discussion about it, it would likely have built and developed into a major public issue with ongoing commentary.
‘No comment’ and wearing a kevlar jacket may turn out to be their wisest move.