July 7, 2005

GoDaddy...Goes Political.

Super old news, but the recent post by GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons, "Gitmo torture is cool with me!" (title paraphrased) on his blog. Instantly provided a great example about two things that are sometimes hard for people to understand:

  • There is no such thing as a 'personal' blog if you are employed.
  • People will always associate your personal reputation with the company you found/work for.

You'll note in the comments that Bob tries, again and again, to state that GoDaddy has no political bias and that it shouldn't be punished for his views. Similar assurances do not accompany those who cheerlead his post. Both would fall on deaf ears.

Mind you, this is not an indicment or endorsement of his views on torture. I'm not touching that one with a 10 foot pole. But this is a good example of why I try to be very careful when I post, it reflects on my colleagues and Google every single time.

Mind you, I haven't been posting lately because the Summer of Code has been exhausting, but that's neither here nor there.

1 comment:

Adam Lasnik said...

What's more infuriating (and revealing of Bob's cluelessness) is that his GoDaddy.com site prominently links to his blog. This, to me, further implies: "This is the official blog of GoDaddy, and the views expressed here are those of the company, GoDaddy."

Even if I agreed with Bob's viewpoints (which I decidedly do not), I think it's a really, really, REALLY bad idea for an executive level person to be talking politics on a blog (or on TV, or in a newspaper or anywhere else public), especially if that conversation is linked from the company's site itself.