Niall sends Microsoft team a porn message

Ahh, so someone at Microsoft made a mistake and didn’t correctly use an image from Niall Kennedy’s feed from Flickr (or didn’t pay attention to the Creative Commons license agreement). So, what did Niall do? Did he call up one of his former co-workers at Microsoft and explain that he was pissed and get the problem taken care of nicely and behind closed doors? No.

He replaced the image with a porn image, Todd Bishop at the Seattle PI reports.

I’m sure that gets everyone 16 and under to laugh, but is that really the best way that Niall could have gotten the image taken down?

I don’t think so. Unprofessional, especially for someone who used to work at Microsoft.

Remember Niall, maybe someday this Web 2.0 bubble will end and you might need to go back to a company and look for a job. I know that doesn’t seem probable right now, but I’ve been there.

Burn bridges if you want, but I’ve learned over and over that people remember this kind of treatment and it certainly never disappears from Google. All three of my last job interviews had people looking over Google for unprofessional stuff like this to bring up in the interviews. And, all big companies have people who used to work at Microsoft so that bridge you’re blowing up? Might turn out to be the one you need to cross in the future.

UPDATE: Someone on the RSS team just IM’ed me and said that the RSS team was never contacted about this issue.

231 thoughts on “Niall sends Microsoft team a porn message

  1. Quote “When people start saying you shouldn’t burn bridges and should always be nice even if you don’t want to be, I start to question how authentic they are. It’s a form of self-censorship that runs counter to the spirit of blogging.”

    I reckon the word blogging is probably interchangeable with evolution here…

  2. Quote “When people start saying you shouldn’t burn bridges and should always be nice even if you don’t want to be, I start to question how authentic they are. It’s a form of self-censorship that runs counter to the spirit of blogging.”

    I reckon the word blogging is probably interchangeable with evolution here…

  3. “I wouldn’t worry too much about Niall’s employment prospects. Giving Microsoft the finger will enhance his prospects with the majority of humans.

    Comment by Greg — December 12, 2006 ”

    Yeah i heard he got a new job in PR at apple???

  4. “I wouldn’t worry too much about Niall’s employment prospects. Giving Microsoft the finger will enhance his prospects with the majority of humans.

    Comment by Greg — December 12, 2006 ”

    Yeah i heard he got a new job in PR at apple???

  5. “Burn bridges if you want, but I’ve learned over and over that people remember this kind of treatment and it certainly never disappears from Google.” For every manager/interviewer that might balk at this, I think there’ll be 10 who’ll pat him on the back.

    This reminds me of an interview I had with Amazon in 1998. The interview with blazingly well with the engineers I spoke to. Things looked great right up until I met with the VP of engineering, a recent hire from Microsoft.

    He took one look at the Apple Newton 2100 in my hands and said, “I don’t care what I’m being told about you. I think your choice of PDA tells me all I need to determine that you won’t be working here.”

    I don’t feel bad about that interview. That attitude told me all I needed to knwo about working for Amazon, especially while that guy was VP of engineering.

  6. “Burn bridges if you want, but I’ve learned over and over that people remember this kind of treatment and it certainly never disappears from Google.” For every manager/interviewer that might balk at this, I think there’ll be 10 who’ll pat him on the back.

    This reminds me of an interview I had with Amazon in 1998. The interview with blazingly well with the engineers I spoke to. Things looked great right up until I met with the VP of engineering, a recent hire from Microsoft.

    He took one look at the Apple Newton 2100 in my hands and said, “I don’t care what I’m being told about you. I think your choice of PDA tells me all I need to determine that you won’t be working here.”

    I don’t feel bad about that interview. That attitude told me all I needed to knwo about working for Amazon, especially while that guy was VP of engineering.

  7. I don’t find the use of pornographic images agreeable in any way but I do find it interesting how you give MS a break when they broke copyright law. How does Ms treat people that break their copyright? Do they give people _any_ breaks? You mention the little guy working in MS and having pity for him. How about the little guy that owns a small business? Does he get a break from MS? Sorry, I don’t have any pity on MS at all. Again, porn wouldn’t have been my choice but I would have used an image of my own with some copy to bring their attention for sure.

    AEM

  8. I don’t find the use of pornographic images agreeable in any way but I do find it interesting how you give MS a break when they broke copyright law. How does Ms treat people that break their copyright? Do they give people _any_ breaks? You mention the little guy working in MS and having pity for him. How about the little guy that owns a small business? Does he get a break from MS? Sorry, I don’t have any pity on MS at all. Again, porn wouldn’t have been my choice but I would have used an image of my own with some copy to bring their attention for sure.

    AEM

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  10. Microsoft stoled the guys image without _asking_ him. Why should he _ask_ them to take it down? I think he did the right thing. Change it to something that will embarrass them. It brings attention to the issue. Microsoft pirated the content!

    Of course, all this does in the long term is ensure companies host the content they’ve stolen instead of linking to it.

  11. Microsoft stoled the guys image without _asking_ him. Why should he _ask_ them to take it down? I think he did the right thing. Change it to something that will embarrass them. It brings attention to the issue. Microsoft pirated the content!

    Of course, all this does in the long term is ensure companies host the content they’ve stolen instead of linking to it.

  12. Scoble, you just took a whack at your own credibility. Your post was embarrassingly stupid.

    EVERY IT pro knows that making a point to Microsoft regarding its security or operating practices takes the equivalent of a baseball bat to the head to get their attention.

    Conversely, when given a choice between courteously getting ignored in a “professional” way by MS and cranking up one’s public act to the point where MS can NOT ignore issues presented by an IT professional, professional responsibility dictates that one do what has to be done.

    MS should be glad that the image they used without permission was edited, I would have been careful to make sure the CC license info did NOT interfere with viewers’ full enjoyment of the image.

    I presume that you’re also one of those idiots who think that once one tells MS about a critical security vuln in their products, “professional courtesy” means that one should stay silent about it even if MS seems inclined to leave the hole unpatched forever.

    You have no business commenting on IT-related issues or professional conduct in a public forum.

  13. Scoble, you just took a whack at your own credibility. Your post was embarrassingly stupid.

    EVERY IT pro knows that making a point to Microsoft regarding its security or operating practices takes the equivalent of a baseball bat to the head to get their attention.

    Conversely, when given a choice between courteously getting ignored in a “professional” way by MS and cranking up one’s public act to the point where MS can NOT ignore issues presented by an IT professional, professional responsibility dictates that one do what has to be done.

    MS should be glad that the image they used without permission was edited, I would have been careful to make sure the CC license info did NOT interfere with viewers’ full enjoyment of the image.

    I presume that you’re also one of those idiots who think that once one tells MS about a critical security vuln in their products, “professional courtesy” means that one should stay silent about it even if MS seems inclined to leave the hole unpatched forever.

    You have no business commenting on IT-related issues or professional conduct in a public forum.

  14. I wouldn’t worry too much about Niall’s employment prospects. Giving Microsoft the finger will enhance his prospects with the majority of humans.

  15. I wouldn’t worry too much about Niall’s employment prospects. Giving Microsoft the finger will enhance his prospects with the majority of humans.

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