This wall street journal blog talks about the “Pending Larry Quote” twitter page put together within a half hour of the company’s quarterly earnings blunder–not only were earnings down, however due to an IT glitch the reported earnings were available 3 hours ahead of schedule. Stock Shares had already plummeted close to 10% as a result of the leaked information and the Google was forced to stop trading for a certain period of the day. This mockery of Larry Page, a Forbes staple year in and year out, leads me to think about the potential financial negative impact Google will face as a result of the ever-so-fast world of social media. This is the type of PR that will shake investor confidence and although humorous to some, it is certainly not profitable. It is understood that any CEO is vulnerable to mockery of sorts; however, you cannot undermine the CEO as the face of a company and when your company is worth billions of dollars, it might be best to be extra careful especially with an issue as sensitive as earnings. My question for discussion is two-fold: a) Does the immediate Social Media response leave a bad taste with a potential investor for a company like Google? b) Imagine, this was not Google and rather it was a more sensitive industry such as Banking and one of our biggest banks invoked a social media domino effect- could the repercussions be grander or is this whole story negligible to the big picture?