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October 28, 2005

News & Opinion: Fire Scoble!

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 4:50 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

For all who frequently buzz through the blogosphere, you clearly know who Robert Scoble is. If you have read any of the business media on blogging, you have probably seen him quoted or profiled. Robert works for Microsoft as one of their technical evangelists. On his blog he is constantly talking about the good and bad of what Microsoft is doing. He often compliments competitors and encourages his fellow employees to get it in gear.
Enter Brian Fugue. He is the author of Why Business People Speak Like Idiots and he was speaking on the Redmond campus yesterday. Here were his remarks:
"Im shocked that you guys tolerate Scoble. I mean, its like give me a break. Heres a guy that you pay to criticize you. And you can say, I know the other side of the argument, Im well aware of it, its like listen celebrate, you know, celebrate the openness and all that kind of stuff. To me thats crap. I think its crap. You pay him to say the kinds of things he says? Not in my company man, no way. But I like the other things, the fact that youre opening up and blogging and working with your customers."

I know this whole thing is is a little gossipy, there has been an interesting discussion going on at Scoble's blog about the whole thing.

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.