28 Dec '11, 9pm

Wtf?! Who owns your Twitter followers? You or your employer? Legal

CALIFORNIA - In a landmark case that raises questions about who owns a Twitter account, a Twitter user (picture) is being sued for US$340,000 (S$441,000) by his former employer for taking his online followers with him when he switched jobs. Mr Noah Kravitz, a writer from Oakland, California, amassed 17,000 followers on the social networking site when he worked for PhoneDog, a website providing news and reviews about mobile phones. He posted Twitter messages under the name @Phonedog_Noah but, in October last year, he left the company, renamed his account @noahkravitz and took his following with him. The case was first reported by The New York Times earlier this week. PhoneDog has launched legal proceedings seeking damages of US$2.50 a month per follower for eight months, for a total of US$340,000. The company is arguing that Mr Kravitz's list of followers constitutes a cust...

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