Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Getting Dooced

BBC News had this article called Looming pitfalls of work blogs.

The article is about people getting fired for their blogging.

I read it, and thought about looking into this portion:
A new term has emerged as a result. According to, to be "dooced" means "losing your job for something you wrote in your online blog, journal, website, etc."
I knew that there was a weblog with that name, Dooce, but was busy and didn't give it another thought.

I just got an email from a friend with a link to that same article so I took another look at it.

Then I went back to the Dooce blog and read about it's author, Heather B. Armstrong, who was fired for her blog:
I started this website in February 2001. A year later I was fired from my job for this website because I had written stories that included people in my workplace. My advice to you is BE YE NOT SO STUPID. Never write about work on the internet unless your boss knows and sanctions the fact that YOU ARE WRITING ABOUT WORK ON THE INTERNET. If you are the boss, however, please don’t be a bitch and talk with your hands. And when you order Prada online, please don’t talk about it out loud, you rotten whore.
Dooce is up for Best Big-Name Blog in the Best of Blogs Awards 2004 and is in the lead.

I wonder why the author of the BBC article didn't do further research on the term dooced?

It's easy enough to find.

When you search Google for dooced, you find this.

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