January 31, 2013

HMV Employees Take to Twitter to Let the World in On a Secret: They Are Being Fired


In a still sluggish economy, the Labor Department is revealing that as of recently, unemployment rates have actually dropped more than the past three quarters within the largest U.S. cities. Las Vegas reported the most drastic change, dropping from 13.3 to 10 percent, while Midland, Tex. saw the lowest rate at 3.1 percent.  Someone should have passed down the message to HMV, an entertainment store, where employees took to the company’s very own Twitter account right as they were being let go from their positions.

With over 61,500 followers, someone at HMV tweeted the statement, “We're tweeting live from HR where we're all being fired! Exciting!! There are over 60 of us being fired at once! Mass execution, of loyal employees who love the brand." And in a mere 20 minutes, the messages appearing to the masses were taken down.

While the company has remained mum on who typed out the disconcerting news, what we do know right now is that 190 loyal workers have been terminated within both the organization’s main office and in its distribution network.

"Although such decisions are always difficult, it is a necessary step in restructuring the business to enhance the prospects of securing its future as a going concern," Nick Edwards, joint administrator commented.

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While job cuts aren’t fun, sometimes they are necessary for a business trying to remain afloat. Trevor Moore, the chief executive of HMV, added, “We remain convinced we can find a successful business outcome. We want to make sure it remains on the high street,” adding: “We know our customers feel the same way.”

As I write this story about how Twitter is completely revolutionizing the way in which we communicate in an ultrafast manner, the social media mega site has been periodically going down today. Twitter lovers are freaking out, because when they attempt to send out important messages via either Twitter.com or the mobile app, they are being met with borage of error messages. 

"Some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue," Twitter posted on its status blog at 10:25 a.m. EDT today.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first and only time the website has crashed. In fact, on Inauguration day, which also happened to fall on Martin Luther King Day this year, users were unable to send anything or even log onto the site.

For all of you out there dying to get back online, take a deep breath and maybe even go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather we are seeing right now on the East Coast. Who knows, you may even have the chance to see a real bird instead of Twitter’s logo.




Edited by Allison Boccamazzo



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