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Googler goodbye e-mail: ‘So long, suckers! I’m out!’

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When he left Google for Imeem, Jason Shugars’ goodbye e-mail started, ‘So long, suckers.’ Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times.

It was not the most eloquent subject line for a farewell e-mail to 5,000 co-workers: ‘So long, suckers! I’m out!’

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But Jason Shugars worked at Google, whose off-center corporate culture is more forgiving than that of your average buttoned-down investment bank. In the rest of his goodbye, Shugars, a senior sales compliance specialist, reminisced about workplace moments that included putting cake down his pants at a sales conference, stealing a boss’ $8,000 leather couch and singing ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ in a miniskirt and braids.

‘It took me a long time to write it,’ said Shugars, 34, who left Google to become director of ad operations for the music streaming website Imeem. ‘I didn’t want to send out a stale ‘good working with you, please reach me here’ e-mail. Who wants that?’

That’s a good question these days, now that thousands of people are finding themselves with pink slips and the need to let colleagues and contacts know they are moving on and -- perhaps more important for job seekers -- how they can be reached.

The farewell e-mail has suddenly become commonplace, a new art form in the electronic age. Yet like so many aspects of the Internet era -- how to unfriend on Facebook, how much to reveal on a personal blog -- the technology has gotten ahead of the etiquette. There are, quite simply, no rules.

Read the full story for more examples of how the universality of e-mail and the confessional spirit of the times are spicing up goodbye messages.

-- Robin Abcarian


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