When a man left his company, it believed that he had to turn over the keys to his Twitter account because it owned all his friends.
Noah Kravitz has been sued by his former employer Phonedog.com for $340,000 for “stealing” his 17,000 Twitter followers with him when he changed jobs.
In October 2010, Kravitz, quit his job at Phonedog.com, after nearly four years. He had been writing on Twitter under the name Phonedog-Noah, and over time, had gathered 17,000 followers. When he left, he said, PhoneDog told him he could keep his Twitter account in exchange for posting occasionally.
Kravitz thought he was parting on good terms with the outfit and said it was fine to tweet on its behalf from time to time.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald he began writing as NoahKravitz, keeping all his followers under that new handle. But eight months later PhoneDog sued, saying the Twitter list was a customer list, and seeking damages of $US2.50 a month per follower for eight months, for a total of $340,000.
What could have suddenly changed PhoneDog’s mind. Well the fact that Kravitz wants 15 per cent of the site’s gross advertising revenue because of his position as a vested partner, as well as some back pay he is owed.
But things could get messy because the case is about to decide if the outfit you are working for owns your Twitter list and if this has a value.
Kravitz said he was confused that he was being sued for more than a quarter of a million dollars when he did what he was told.