June 19, 2003 9:57 AM
I finally read this piece
about what MSFT is doing about their employees doing the blog thing. One comment in particular is pretty chilling...
Noted Microsoft employee Scoble in his blog recently : "I think executives who weblog (particularly at Microsoft) are between a rock and a hard place. If they say anything interesting, they'll immediately get picked up in the press and their comments will probably be taken out of context.
"If they give away strategy or product plans, they will help out competitors. If they talk about competitors, they'll be welcoming lawsuits. If they give people insights into what the business is doing, they could be hit with shareholder lawsuits, or other governmental actions," Scoble acknowledges.
I tend to comment on my employer from time to time and have quoted email that are sent to employees (and the Washington Post always gets the email somehow, so do I even matteR?). The point above makes me think twice (especially when I have a baby to feed).