For those of you who do not keep up with the drama in the Twitter universe, many, many people are very angry with a user who goes by the name @comfortablysmug, for spreading false information during the worst of Hurricane Sandy that included claims that ConEd workers were “trapped in a power station,” that ConEd was shutting down “ALL power in Manhattan,” and that the New York Stock Exchange was under three feet of water. These reports turned out to be complete lies and @comfortablysmug was shamed in the town square, outed, and forced to offer a “sincere apology to the people of New York,” noting that “while some would use the anonymity and instant feedback of social media as an excuse,” he would take “full responsibility” for his actions. Many in the media, however, are still quite miffed and one guy who’s really pissed? The dude who happens to have the same name (in real life) as comfortablysmug AKA Shashank Tripathi.


The most upsetting part of the disclaimer (and the update in this article) is presumably the description of Mr. Smug as a “hedge fund grunt,” as it appears to be much closer to his real job title than the one he’s worked hard to cultivate on the internet of “hedge fund analyst.” Of course, that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who’s ever taken a cursory glance at the comments left by comfortablysmug on Daily Intel over the last several years, which seem a bit more like someone doing an impersonation of what he thinks a hedge fund analyst sounds like than an actual hedge fund analyst. Notably:

Councilman Pushes For Charges Against Twitter User Who Spread Falsehoods [BuzzFeed]
Even a superstorm is no excuse for journalists not to check Twitter trolling [Guardian]
Shashank Tripathi, Last Night’s Twitter Villain @ComfortablySmug [GOFWD]
Sandy’s Biggest Twitter Troll Apologizes [Daily Intel]
Meet the asshole who tweeted false warnings about hurricane [BoingBoing]
Man faces fallout for spreading false Sandy reports on Twitter [CNN]
Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Twitter Controversy [ABC]
(The other) Shashank Tripathi [LinkedIn]

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  1. Posted by Bemused | October 31, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    ComfortablySmug should write a dustjacket review for Greg Smith's book. Peas in a pod of eloquence.

  2. Posted by heinous | October 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Five bucks says he posts comments on here.

  3. Posted by Bejujular | October 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    That guy probably couldn't even tell the difference between a cheddar cheese salad and a cheddar cheese sandwich.

  4. Posted by shnaps | October 31, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    If Mr. Smug has never commented on dealbreaker, I will take CFA exam.

  5. Posted by Guest | October 31, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    What a shame…Shawshank was such a good movie.

  6. Posted by Cred U Lous | November 1, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    I think he might actually be a hedge funder – his profile shows him working for Stone Street Advisors.

  7. Posted by unwanted guest | November 1, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    This could get really nasty with them hurling epithets at each other over the internet and what not. A series of Shashank Tripathis will ultimately come out of the woodwork each claiming to be less of an a-hole than the previous one that posted. Their friends on the East Coast will abandon them in confusion. For awhile it will be chaos. At which point the first one will start twittering lies again about the situation only to repeat the cycle.

  8. Posted by Alt_EST | November 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    @ComfortablySmug = N'08

  9. Posted by Bored Guest | November 1, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Just took a look, top shop. Bang up piece on Jos A. Banks and the red flags raised by offering 2-for-1 suits.

  10. Posted by Guest | November 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    I don't mind the mistaken identity.

    -Peter J. North, Long Island

  11. Posted by Gozer | November 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Smug gave me the Paul Tudor Jones movie for free. And for that I thank him.

  12. Posted by Mr. Frankenberger | November 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Just like in the Russian time of troubles. Watch out for the fake pretendent.

  13. Posted by Guest | November 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    That son of a bitch. I thought everything posted on Twitter had to be true. #OutragedNewYorker

  14. Posted by Raj Rajaratnam | November 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    With such a common name, the mix up is understandable.

  15. Posted by Guest | November 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    You misspelled herpes.

  16. Posted by M&M | November 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Will the real Slimshank Shady please stand up?

  17. Posted by 4BritishEyesOnly | November 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Occasionly accused of poetry? Who are you kidding?You're the modern day Bill Shakespeare.

  18. Posted by guest | November 1, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Everyone gets it "for free." It reappears in the internet every other month.

  19. Posted by LessAholeThanThatGuy | November 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Apparently he was a contractor that wrote couple posts on their blog. In summary, he's a titanic douche.
    http://boingboing.net/2012/10/31/meet-the-asshole

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