On really slow days this is what I threaten my employees with.
It has sort of become a running joke but someday I think I will follow through on this. Someday…
“For the past few days, a mystery has been unfolding in Silicon Valley. Somebody, it seems, hired Burson-Marsteller, a top public-relations firm, to pitch anti-Google stories to newspapers, urging them to investigate claims that Google was invading people’s privacy. Burson even offered to help an influential blogger write a Google-bashing op-ed, which it promised it could place in outlets like The Washington Post, Politico, and The Huffington Post.
The plot backfired when the blogger turned down Burson’s offer and posted the emails that Burson had sent him. It got worse when USA Today broke a story accusing Burson of spreading a “whisper campaign” about Google “on behalf of an unnamed client.””
“The PR firm is Burson-Marsteller. The blogger is Chris Soghoian. A Burson agent approached him to write a piece on Google’s Social Circle, a network of social connections that Google uses to deliver relevant search results. The Burson rep even offered to help write the piece and approached other news organizations, including USA Today, with similar offers.
Soghoian declined and instead decided to publish some of the emails from Burson. (They’re available here.) In one email, the Burson rep directly attacks Google, saying, “Google, as you know, has a well-known history of infringing on the privacy rights of America’s Internet users. Not a year has gone by since the founding of the company where it has not been the focus of front-page news detailing its zealous approach to gathering information -– in many cases private and identifiable information — about online users.”
The email goes on to describe Google’s service as the “latest tool designed to scrape private data and build deeply personal dossiers on millions of users –- in a direct and flagrant violation of its agreement with the FTC.”
When Soghoian asked who was paying for this campaign, the Burson representative refused to name the firm’s client. A Facebook representative confirmed to The Daily Beast‘s Dan Lyons that the company hired Burson for two reasons: “First, because it believes Google is doing some things in social networking that raise privacy concerns; second, and perhaps more important, because Facebook resents Google’s attempts to use Facebook data in its own social-networking service.””
This is what I thought about the whole situation:
Maybe if there was a 5GW fan page on Facebook they might have done a better job.
When you play for keeps, there is no second place trophy.
No, I didn’t quit my job, but I was inspired by someone who just did (and good for her)!
Nobody should have to work someplace that makes them that unhappy. Moreover, when you are professional enough to give the courtesy of two weeks notice your employer should have the courtesy of treating you in a similar professional manner for those two weeks. Then again, if they were that professional and considerate you probably wouldn’t be leaving in the first place, would you.
(hat tip: Roger)
My alternate caption is, Motivation: He has it.
My own wireless router is now called “DEA Surveillance Network”.
This is kind of part 2 for last week’s (De)Motivational Poster (see left) where the boss has a chain-gang kind of mentality. I’m not that kind of boss, but I couldn’t help but imagine the response the guys working for me would have if I were, which is probably a lot like the poster above.
Photo credit goes to Enganacious. I was looking mainly for pictures of large bolt-cutters to play the part of Mr. Pinchy, but honestly, that smirk is what makes the poster come out so well. Thanks so much!
Thanks for the idea Brian!
(You”ll like the next one too.)
The picture featured in this poster, discovered and photographed by an alert IT installer working on a computer network, inspired me to create multiple (De)Motivational Posters for this week’s installment.
This is such sage advice, such wisdom, that I decided to create a pair of companion posters in order to share it most effectively. There are two different looks for you to coordinate with your personal decorating sensibilities and workplace color scheme.
My motivation is severly lacking today.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
For the moment I’m just going to ignore the fact that I started making these little posters to, in some way, provide some amusement for my own employees.
My snark is hypocrisy-proof.
Inspired by real-life events. Right Brian?