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Friday, February 11, 2005

Mark Jen Updated His Blog

Justin in the forum points out Mark Jen, ex-Googler, has updated his blog. Mark writes (case adjusted):

“On January 28th, 2005, I was terminated from Google. Either directly or indirectly, my blog was the reason. This came as a great shock to me because two days ago we had looked at my blog and removed all inappropriate content – the comments on financial performance and future products. For my next entries, I was very cognizant of my blogging content, making sure to stay away from these topics. I mean, as much as I like to be open and honest about communicating to users and customers, I’m not insubordinate. (...)

I should’ve waited a little longer and felt the company out a bit more before I started blogging at length. In retrospect, that is good advice and a lesson learned. I was just too excited.”


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Dan Gillmor on Wikipedia Criticism

“The almost hysterical anti-Wikipedia comments I see from some folks (...) doesn’t mean the critics are entirely wrong. But they are missing the point in so many ways.

One critic is a Big University professor – a former professional journalist with significant online experience – whose class I visited recently as a guest lecturer. I was talking about Wikipedia, and he launched into a rant about its failings. In particular, he complained about the several inaccuracies in an article about a topic with which he was deeply familiar.

“So,” I asked, “did you fix them?”

“No,” he responded, “I don’t have time for that kind of thing.”

Talk about not getting it.”
– Dan Gillmor, Google, Wikipedia and More, February 11, 2005

43 Things on Google

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