The People vs. Felix Salmon
How many followers should you have before The Atlantic Wire hires you as deputy editor?
- It all started when Esquire's web director, Matt Sullivan, made an announcement:
- — Matt Sullivan (@sullduggery)Fri, Oct 19 2012 11:44:36
- His new co-workers were pleased!
- — Gabriel Snyder (@gabrielsnyder)Fri, Oct 19 2012 11:50:42.@sullduggery has been doing amazing work at Esquire, and we are very lucky to have him at the Wire. Can't wait for him to start.
- But Reuters's Felix Salmon (who also contributes to CJR) noticed something:
- Business Insider's Joseph Weisenthal felt the need to stick up for his fellow soon-to-be deputy editor:
- — Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart)Fri, Oct 19 2012 11:53:13
- Salmon started to backtrack ...
- But it was too late! Here comes ex-Gawker ex-Village Voice ex-Esquire ex-New York Observer current Complex senior editor Foster Kamer:
- — Foster Kamer (@weareyourfek)Fri, Oct 19 2012 11:56:081. @felixsalmon, if you're equating Twitter followers with the quality of a new hire, you desperately need some fresh air.
- Salmon couldn't resist:
- — David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA)Fri, Oct 19 2012 11:58:27
- — Foster Kamer (@weareyourfek)Fri, Oct 19 2012 12:12:36
- New York Times social media producer Michael Roston (who somehow managed to get the job despite having fewer than 4,000 followers) wanted to make things clear:
- Salmon soon had an announcement of his own:
- — felix salmon (@felixsalmon)Fri, Oct 19 2012 12:17:38OK, I now officially regret that tweet. But don't pretend you don't do that thing. It's just not a good idea to admit it in public.
- And Sullivan, whose new job caused all the commotion in the first place, responded with the kind of sage wisdom you wouldn't expect from someone with only 288 followers:
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