An online company has sued an ex-employee for $340,000, saying that his 17,000 followers on Twitter constitutes a customer database.

This article titled “Company sues ex-employee for his Twitter followers” was written by Robert Booth, for The Guardian on Tuesday 27th December 2011 17.36 UTC

A Twitter user is being sued for £217,000 by his former employer for taking his online followers with him when he switched jobs. 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 2010 he left the company, renamed his account @noahkravitz and took his following with him.

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