The Internet Hate Machine Turns On Kurt Greenbaum

Maybe you saw our post yesterday about Kurt Greenbaum, the Post Dispatch’s Social Media Director and how he got a man fired because he posted a “vulgarity” on the comments of an STLToday article.  If not, check it out, we go in to in detail there.

In that post, I dropped this little pull quote, suitable for twittering and the like:

…and then the internet skull-f*cked him.

I was wrong.  The internet populace hadn’t begun to skull f*ck him at that point.  They are now though.

Midway through yesterday, one of our commenters alerted us that this story had popped up on Reddit, a popular social news site.

Screen shot 2009-11-19 at 10.48.09 PMThat’s kind of where this story took off and turned ugly for Greenbaum.

First, there were comments like this:

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…and then this (edited):


That would be his full name, address, every phone number and email address he has and his boss’ contact info.

…and then Twitter took off.  Just do a quick search for people replying back to Greenbaum via Twitter and calling him a “pussy” (thats the word the commenter apparently used).

Oh and of course, you can also now visit:

We aren’t going to stand here and tell you that all of this is cool, but we also aren’t going to say its all not funny.  [Editor’s Note: Address? Not funny. Website?  Totally funny.]

If there is anything you can take away from this, here it is:

1. Don’t mess with privacy policies.

2. If you do, don’t call attention to it.

3. It is amazing how fast people can rally around a story that didn’t really take off until a day or two after it actually happened.  Kurt may disagree with this right now, but that is a pretty awesome thing about the internet.

The good news for Greenbaum, and pretty much the only good news since he is probably getting pizzas sent to his house 24/7, is that internet hatred (or love) is fleeting.  Sadly, though, images can kinda be forever….


Images via Reddit