Location : Cleveland, OH
In 2006 Noah Kravitz went to work for Phonedog, a news site specializing in mobile phone related news. During his four years as a writer for Phonedog, his Twitter profile, Phonedog_Noah, picked up 17,000 followers. When he left the company last October, he was told that he could keep the account, provided he tweeted about Phonedog once in a while. When he left, Kravitz changed the profile’s name to NoahKravitz, and proceeded to continue tweeting – including the occasional mention of Phonedog, as requested.
Now, however, the company is taking Kravitz to court. Over the summer Phonedog filed suit against him, claiming that his 17,000 followers were a customer list, and therefore Phonedog’s property. They are seeking $340,000, or $2.50 per follower per month for the eight months between Kravitz’s departure from the company and the filing of the suit.
An interesting suit, one that makes you think about employers that ask you to tweet (or as my Marine Corps son says: "Volun-told").
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