PayPal Executive Sends Rude Tweets

Rakesh Agrawal, former PayPal director of strategy, has left the company after less than two months. Apparently, Agrawal  wasn't happy with some of his colleagues and told all of us about it on Twitter: 

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Agrawal was at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, perhaps having too much fun, when he started tweeting at around 1 a.m. 

AOL responded with a "zero-tolerance" tweet:

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Agrawal said that he was using a new phone and had intended to send private, direct messages to his colleague. He also claims that he wasn't fired but that he quit. He provided convincing evidence to Business Insider, including a resignation email before his Twitter rant.

I say, who cares? He still behaved badly. Besides, AOL didn't say he was fired-just that he's no longer at the company.

Discussion Starters:

  • Should Agrawal have offered the evidence that he quit, rather than was fired? What are the pros and cons of his strategy?
  • What other strategies could Agrawal have taken in response to the incident?
  • How does a mistake like this happen? In other words, what advice do you have for people trying to prevent the same problem?