If Henry Blodget calls Mark Zuckerberg a weasel, well, he’s a weasel

I apologize for such a lay-up, but when I saw that Henry Blodget (the poster-weasel of Bubble 1.0) was handing out reputation-management advice to Mark Zuckerberg (who, granted, needs such advice this week), I first was struck by the irony of the post.


“…after an over-hyped product launch, misleading claims about how the product worked, a user backlash, and a detailed magazine article raising some icky issues about his personal ethics, a consensus is emerging that Zuckerberg is, well, a weasel. (Albeit a fabulously wealthy and talented one.)

Upon reflection, however, I’m sure Henry Blodget — the human being, not the symbolic poster-weasel — was likely humbled and enlightened greatly by the de-weaseling he went through when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission banned him from the securities industry for life. While I’ve blogged before about the irony of Henry Blodget’s current commentary, I must admit that on this topic, he’s in a unique position to hand-out advice.

He knows how far the fall can be when people stop believing your hype — and worse, when you start thinking that just because you say something, it’s the truth.

Bonus links:

  • Kara Swisher is tracking the Mark Zuckerberg temper-trantrum aspects of this story.
  • Scott Karp provides analysis of Facebook’s misstep in trying to leverage a monopoly it doesn’t really have.
  • Fred Wilson notes a typical reaction-pattern when a startup is successful — I have a longish comment on Fred’s post.