Have you ever let your frustrations about something simmer and build until you can no longer stand the pressure and it all comes out in a long-winded tirade? Feels great, doesn’t it? Cathartic. But then a stunned silence falls over your audience, and a whisper of doubt starts to enter your mind. Should I have said that? Was it too harsh? Is this going to offend people? Should I start updating my resume?
That’s what happened to Google developer Steve Yegge this week. The only reason we heard about it was that he also committed the social media equivalent of hitting the “Reply to all” button, and posted his missive to the world instead of just to his coworkers at Google. Oops.