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PayPal Executive Loses Job Over Twitter Rant
PayPal Executive Loses Job Over Twitter Rant

By Patrick May
May 7, 2014 9:29AM

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Internet payment-processing giant PayPal showed the door to director of strategy Rakesh "Rocky" Agrawal after he fired off a series of insulting and incoherent tweets aimed at his coworkers. While Agrawal has yet to explain his behavior, TUI, or tweeting under the influence, has gotten others into hot water, from Silicon Valley to Hollywood.
 

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"I love Twitter," Rakesh "Rocky" Agrawal wrote in a VentureBeat blog a few months back. "It's the only social network that I can honestly say has had a huge impact on my life."

That's putting it mildly.

After joining PayPal less than two months ago as director of strategy, Agrawal is out the door, recipient of a humiliating comeuppance on the Internet Monday after a vitriolic rant on Twitter where he leveled an obscenity-laced tirade against some of his colleagues.

Agrawal, who insisted on Twitter that he quit before being fired, certainly isn't the first guy to step into the social-media muck through sloppy microblogging. Celebrities have stumbled countless times; and one bad keystroke by a US Airways social-media manager broadcast a pornographic image to the airline's more than 400,000 followers on Twitter.

"I know someone who seriously damaged their career by Instagramming all the cocktails they were drinking one night," said tech author Leander Kahney, editor and publisher of Cult of Mac. "That's just not a good message to be sending your boss."

The trouble for Agrawal, who goes by @rakeshlobster on Twitter and is also principal analyst at reDesign mobile and a television commentator, began early Saturday when he started tweet-trashing fellow employees. Visiting New Orleans for a jazz festival, Agrawal's first target was Christina Smedley, PayPal's vice president of global communications, whom he called a "useless middle manager," followed up by an obscenity. Next, he tweeted "People who should be fire from paypal Don Christmas a pool a kick," although various news bloggers said no record of anyone named Don Christmas could be found at PayPal.

As the night dragged on, Agrawal's tweets seemed to soften and he eventually announced he was quitting his job ("Oh," he tweeted. "I quit pay a tonight.")

Agrawal did not respond to an email for comment. PayPal issued its own tweet on the matter: "Rakesh Agrawal is no longer with the company. Treat everyone with respect. No excuses. PayPal has zero tolerance."

The sort of high-profile humiliation that Agrawal is experiencing, says analyst Ben Bajarin with Creative Strategies, will become commonplace as people use social-media tools like Twitter and Facebook to vent, often without considering the possible fallout.

"We live in an era where you have this broadcast medium right at your fingertips," says Bajarin. "And while it's unlikely that the guy would have sat down and written a long blog post saying the same things, with Twitter and other microblogging tools this kind of thing is bound to happen over and over." (continued...)

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