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Watch what you write…

You might get fined… I’m not sure but Mark Cuban’s fine by the NBA might be the first tangible punishment doled out to a blogger (other than gettting fired!).

(Quick segway while we are on flying… I know the flights to NZ cost a fortune but this is ridiculous.)

Anyway, Mark can’t get fired… fined yes, fired no. Here’s how the BBC covered the Queen of The Sky… A Delta employee fired for including photos of herself at work – kind of at work – but just the same…

Queen of the Sky, otherwise known as Ellen Simonetti, evolved into an anonymous semi-fictional account of life in the sky.

But after she posted pictures of herself in uniform, Delta Airlines suspended her indefinitely without pay.

Ms Simonetti was told her suspension was a result of “inappropriate” images. Delta Airlines declined to comment.

Complaint lodged

“I was really shocked, I had no warning,” Ms Simonetti told BBC News Online.

“I never thought I would get in trouble because of the blog. I thought if they had a problem, someone would have said something before taking action.”

Thank goodness we don’t have to wear uniforms. What were the NBA thinking! The one thing they need is buzz and they seem determined to kill it… It really wasn’t that bad. Really. And you can guess where I sand on the firing…

All this points to is the need for companies to have a widely published and simple blog policy. Like, “don’t do anything stupid or disclose anything that is confidential – but if you want to support us in your free time, have at it”.

More to come.

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