Twitter COO Ali Rowghani Resigns In A Tweet, Because That Feels Like A Great Idea
It's been a rough six months for Twitter. The company's seen falling stock value and relatively low user sign-ups, and on Wednesday, TweetDeck broke down after being hacked into by a 19-year-old computer whiz. What a perfect time, then, for Twitter COO Ali Rowghani to resign in a Tweet. You heard that right — Rowghani, who has been in his post since late 2012, decided to announce his departure from the tech company Thursday morning in 140 characters or less.
In true tweet-form, Rowghani kept his resignation short and sweet, with no @-mentions or hashtags. He also didn't elaborate too much on why he's stepping down as COO. "Goodbye Twitter. It's been an amazing ride, and I will cherish the memories."
But for the tech industry, Rowghani's departure isn't really a surprise. According to Re/code, Twitter has been undergoing some behind-the-scenes changes for some time, including shifting some duties away from Rowghani. As COO, Rowghani was responsible for Twitter's user growth, which has been stagnant over the last year.
Rowghani has been with Twitter for four years, starting out as their CFO before being promoting to COO in 2012. Rowghani came to the social media company from Pixar, where he also served as CFO.
While it seems appropriate — and very meta — that Twitter's COO would resign with a Tweet, Rowghani isn't the first person to do it. Here are some others who embraced resigning in the digital age...
Jonathan Schwartz, Former Sun Microsystems CEO
In February 2010, the CEO of computer company Sun Microsystems — which is currently owned by tech giant Oracle — decided to announce his resignation with some poetic flair. Instead of just crafting an ordinary resignation letter, Jonathan Schwartz decided to go all out with a Twitter haiku. It was pointed, succinct and brilliant.
Michael McFaul, U.S. Ambassador to Russia
After spending two years in Moscow as the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul decided to call it quits — but not until the Winter Olympics in Sochi were finished. In a blog post, McFaul admitted that it was "time to go home." However, on Twitter he announced his love for Russia and its citizens.
Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance
Gerard Way, lead singer of the now-defunct rock band My Chemical Romance, took to Twitter to address fans through a series of heartfelt tweets and clarify some details around the band's break up.
But that wasn't all: Way also posted a 2,200 letter about the break up on TwitLonger.
Don Kracl, Housing Entrepreneur
Don Kracl founded Mortech, a business that sells mortgage pricing software to bankers that was purchased by real estate giant Zillow in 2012. The housing entrepreneur left his post at Mortech and Zillow just last week through some uplifting tweets.
Shia LaBeouf, actor
Many actors take to Twitter to announce major events, but the Even Stevens-turned-Not Famous star used his Twitter timeline to resign not just from acting, but public life.
To further get his message across, LaBeouf then tweeted, "I'M NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" more than 20 times. He ended his two-week-long Twitter resignation with "#IAMSORRY" before attending a movie premiere with a paper bag over his head.
We don't know, either.