Via Waxy, I discovered this site called Ninetyninezeros, subtitled “life @ Google from the inside”. It purported to be a blog by a new Google employee (run, incidentally, on Google’s own software). Earlier this week, the site’s content disappeared. I note today that it’s back up. The author writes:
i goofed and put some stuff up on my blog that’s not supposed to be there. nothing serious and they didn’t ask me to take anything down (even the stuff where i’m critical about the company). i’m learning that google is understandably careful about disclosing sensitive information, even vague financial-related things. the quickest way for me to fix the situation at the time was to take it all down. now i’m back up. just so you know, google was pretty cool about all this. thanks for and sorry for the frenzy of speculation.
The site is back up with the deletion of the very first entry. I know this because over at Geek’s Life, they captured a mirror of the home page. They led me to speculate (assuming all of this is actually true–there’s no evidence one way or another) on what might be dubious in that first entry. There’s nothing particularly compelling, so I assume it was this paragraph about Google’s corporate intranet:
the rest of my day was spent surfing the corporate intranet. this was quite an experience. you’d think that an intranet would typically be oragnized and very cohesive – after all, it’s the internal network for a single company. however, google has managed to recreate the chaos of the internet on its internal network. fortunately, they’ve applied their search engine to help sort through everything.
All in all, it’s a non-story, but it does highlight the increasing convergence of private blogging and work life.
UPDATE: As Nathan points out, I was wrong about the difference between the mirror and the current. Fortunately, via The River, here’s the difference. It concerns financial information, and ultimately is pretty innocuous.