Former Employee Sued for Keeping Twitter AccountAdded: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
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When an employee left the company he worked for, the latter believed that he had to turn over the keys to his Twitter account, as the company owned all his followers.
An individual named Noah Kravitz has been sued by his ex-employer, the company Phonedog.com. The company demands $340,000 in damages for “stealing” his 17,000 Twitter followers with him when he left the outfit and found another job.
More than a year ago, Noah Kravitz quit his job at Phonedog.com company, after having worked there almost 4 years. He had been tweeting under the nickname Phonedog-Noah. As the time passed, Noah had gathered around 17,000 followers on Twitter. According to him, when he left the company PhoneDog told him he could keep his Twitter account if he posted from time to time.
The former employee believed that he was parting on good terms with the company and responded that it was all right to post tweets on its behalf occasionally. During the interview to the local media, Noah admitted that he started writing as NoahKravitz, while keeping all his friends under that new handle. However, in 8 months, PhoneDog launched a lawsuit against its former employee, saying that the Twitter list was a customer list. Now the company is seeking damages of $2.50 a month per each follower, which for 8 months totals to $340,000.
There are some reasons why the company has suddenly changed its mind – among them there are facts that Noah Kravitz demands 15% of the site's gross advertising revenue due to his position as a vested partner, along with some back pay he is owed. However, things could get messy, since the case is about to decide if the company you are working for can own your Twitter followers and if this has a value in the first place. Meanwhile, Noah Kravitz admits he was confused that he was being sued for a third of a million dollars for doing exactly what he was told.
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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
|posted by (2012-01-03 11:14:21)|
|lol they're sick|
|First off, you cant OWN people. A account such as that is FREE ADVERTISEMENT. just because you "Like"(facebook) a product page, of the company you work for And it drew attention to it. Resulting in the user getting more friends. Doesnt mean if you left the company they can force you to close youre account.|
He should be suing for PROVIDING ADVERTISING WITHOUT ENDORSEMENT.
|He OBVIOUSLY doesn't follow his own advice ... If he'd followed his own advice in the 4th tweet in the image above he would have "GOT IT IN WRITING" and this would have been over before it began.|
|Interesting case, will set a precident for any similar cases in future. Let us hope he gets a fair judge rather than a biased one like in the recent Sony class action suit.|
|ummm none of you better be on my friends list as i might get sued for having friends lmao how lame is that obviously he worked well and people liked his service it is in fact them that had to add him too follow him its not like it was forced so how can they say they own peoples choice ... life goes on|
|load of rubbish ,, just a fool making it up to gain more twitter followers,, lame!||
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