Our Edinburgh colleague WardBlawg has written a comprehensive post on the pending United States PhoneDog litigation where the company is trying to regain control of its employee’s Twitter account that contains 17,000 followers and was apparently compiled during the employee’s tenure with PhoneDog. Also on the table is $340,000 in claimed damages.
More background on this action can be found in the November 2011 Forbes article HERE.
Read the Forbes article and understand my scepticism. Is not the list of followers public? Can a public list be a trade “secret”? And did the defendant create it as an “employee”? As Kravitz states in Forbes”
“No one asked me to create the account. No one told me what to tweet there,” says Kravitz, who originally created the account because that what’s everyone in the tech world was doing. “I had no inkling then that [having a Twitter account] would become an essential part of being a so-called journalist.”