Dismay in oil Twitterverse upon popular U.S. crude trader's exit
By Devika Krishna Kumar
May 31 (Reuters) - Oil traders keep a low profile.
So when one of the most widely followed oil traders on Twitter abruptly closed his account last week, the outpouring of dismay among his thousands of followers was rare for the secretive multi-trillion dollar industry.
Eric Rosenfeldt, who goes by the Twitter handle of Oil Merchant or @energyrosen, had attracted more than 8,000 Twitter followers for his quirky and candid opinions on the crude oil market.
Rosenfeldt does not identify himself or his company on his Twitter profile, but he previously confirmed his identity to Reuters.
The trader, who lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Thursday deleted his account after a user questioned some of his tweets about crude prices and called him dishonest.
Saying his remarks had likely been misinterpreted, Rosenfeldt decided it was the last straw for him with Twitter, where he found the climate sometimes hostile.
"It was a death by a thousand cuts. Then someone said I was dishonest or something like that and I was like, 'Why am I doing this crap?'," Rosenfeldt, who has been in the oil business for 16 years and on Twitter since 2009, said in an instant message on Friday.
It's not unusual for arguments to break out in Twittersphere and Rosenfeldt had told Reuters previously he had considered leaving the social media site because of negative responses from other members. Continuación...