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Microsoft Exec Leaves Over Tweets

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Wednesday I posted about how social media can give away information about companies when all of the employees posts, tweets, and updates are viewed together in my post about Sharing too Much.   I think it is also important to note that posting a little too freely can have negative impacts on a personal level, like was the case with Joe Marini.  Marini was the principal program manager at Microsoft for the Windows Phone web platform, and from what I’ve read about his case on tom’s GUIDE it appears different to me then many other social media mistakes that have cost people their jobs.

“I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too! #wp7,” he tweeted on September 7. Not stopping there, he decided to actually rate the device with a firm ‘8’, saying that it had a solid feel, a good camera, a responsive UI and nice little touches on the body construction. So far, the phone sounds like a slick device.

But rating your unreleased product probably isn’t a good idea. Explaining why your product didn’t score a 9 or 10 probably isn’t the best promotional tool either, and likely a good reason to receive a swift kick out the door. “The camera was good, but I didn’t have optimal lighting,” he responded when asked why the device only scored an 8. “I’d like a larger screen too.”

While we have all heard stories about people posting pictures from the game on the day they called in sick, bad mouthing the company in tweets, or just releasing some things that are just too revealing, I think Marini was just being too honest a little too early.  Perhaps he knew he shouldn’t have released the information, or even worse given the new phone less than a 10; regardless, it shows that sometimes it is worthwhile to stay quiet about something.

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Lessons on the Little Things

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Logging onto LinkedIn a few days ago I was greeted with a trending story on Microsoft’s work to change the copy, move, and rename functions in Windows 8, linking to the MSDN blog.  Reading through it reminded me of a few things, particularly how oblivious I can be sometimes to the small repetitious actions I do during the day – like copy/paste of files.  Now I don’t feel that these functions in Windows were hindering my work or personal life, but instead I thought the idea could apply to other parts of my life.  While reading through the post and Microsoft’s process I thought what if I look into the small things, examining the process and improving it could have drastic impacts on the quality of my work.  We won’t all access to millions of computers to draw test data from, but I imagine that I can find a few things which could use improvement if I just think about it.  I just need to remember that the small things can have a big impact.

Also looking forwards to seeing how much of an improvement these changes will make when I finally upgrade to Windows 8.  Considering I just put 7 on all my computers, and my work still is using XP, this could be a while – not to mention it isn’t released yet.  You can follow the blog here, and clicking on the picture above will take you to the video on their process.

 

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