Crowdsourcing Jeremiah Owyang’s Fate
Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang wrote a blog post yesterday about some rumors at Mzinga that ended with a strong recommendation for any prospects to stall any movement until he is briefed by Mzinga next Monday.
Here are a few excerpts from the original post:
I’ve been hearing from multiple sources in a variety of folks that Mzinga is undergoing some changes. With the recent layoffs a few months ago, to apparently voluntary leave of the CMO this week, there are a lot of questions I have to ask.
I strongly recommend that any Mzinga clients or prospects stall any additional movement till they brief me next Monday.
First, I believe that such statements in a blog are incredibly unprofessional and border on negligent corporate behavior – especially when the post was written based on unsubstantiated rumors. Second, the call to “stall any movement” until Jeremiah gets briefed next week is pretentious in that only Jeremiah can get to the bottom of this issue’?
Jeremiah is a respected analyst working for a respected firm, and has worked hard at covering and growing the social media and community space. Jeremiah did issue an apology on his blog today and I heard that Forrester also sent Mzinga an apology as well. Plus, there have been more than 60 responses to his original blog post and nearly 30 to his apology post today. I’m sure that Jeremiah feels contrite in the same way that Alex Rodriguez, Bernard Madoff and Bill Clinton have felt in the past when they issued their own public apologies. But that doesn’t undo any damages that Mzinga has incurred from negative mentions in the posts and on Twitter.
Because Jeremiah is such a proponent of social media, I think we turn his predicament over to the general public and use crowdsourcing to determine his fate.
Take a moment to express your opinion below in this quick poll:
Several other bloggers have piled on to this issue including:
I’m sure there will be more.
My disclosure – I have worked with Mzinga since December 2006 on two different community efforts and I believe that Forrester should fire his a** for this flagrant offense in order to protect their own brand and image.