Foot in mouth…
We have a little rule in the office. We don’t do ‘bad karma’ things. Its very similar to ‘don’t be evil’ from Google. So yesterday I broke this rule. I was extremely frustrated with Felix Peterson about something and poured all of my frustration into a blogpost on my personal blog. I should have known better.
Here is what happened: Felix let us know on Thursday that he wouldn’t be able to make it to The Next Web Conference and with good reason: technical problems and a sick child. We tried to make up for that as best as we could but we were very disappointed. Then I received a message that Felix was actually at Reboot. Then we received a anonymous comment that we might have bluffed that those guys were coming over and that they never confirmed. This frustrated me more. To make sure everybody knew Felix had very good reasons for going home and not to Amsterdam I posted this, the actual messages from Michael and Felix. Then I received a comment on that post from someone with a link to his Plazes page and the Flickr photo at Reboot. I was furious. It totally appeared as if Felix was having a good time at Reboot and lied to us about everything!
So I emailed Felix on Saturday and asked him what the hell was going on. I didn’t get a reply and on sunday assumed he had just lied to us. Instead of waiting until Monday or just forgetting about it I posted what had happened here.
So now I feel like an jerk. Felix simply didn’t think about emailing us that his child got better and that he decided to stay at Reboot. I blame him for not thinking about us even one minute while at Reboot but I blame myself more for being so emotional about it and using my blog to get back at him.
Here is a message From Felix:
Once more, to set the record straight once and for all:
- I already was in Copenhagen, I was scheduled to be in Copenhagen on Thursday all along. I did not travel to Copenhagen on Friday, I simply stayed there.
- I canceled my appearance for Friday at next web in Amsterdam for various reasons. One, that my daughter was sick in Berlin and my wife said that I might have to come back. On Friday morning my wife told me that everything didnÂ´t look as bad and I decided to stay
- The Trazes from my profile that people keep citing are from Thursday not Friday.
Even thought I updated the story and originally only marked the original text as erased (
strikethrough) some journalists still use it as inspiration to write articles. Despite normal blogging conduct to never remove old content I have deleted it to prevent people from abusing it.