When one makes an embarrassing mistake these days, social media is sure to jump in on the fun.
Yesterday it was binders full of women; today, your daily dose of hilarity comes from the newly registered Twitter handle @PendingLarry. The parody account of Google Chief Executive Larry Page is a nod to the company's premature earnings release Thursday morning, when its financial printer accidentally published an incomplete version of its third-quarter earnings online (Google was supposed to release its financial report after the markets closed).
The earnings report featured a placeholder that said: "PENDING LARRY QUOTE."
After an initial tweet of "...oops," @PendingLarry followed with a barrage of snarky posts, including "Somehow, I'll find a way to blame today's early release on Apple Maps" and "To be fair, we released our earnings yesterday afternoon on Google Plus."
There was also: "An early release...I...I swear that's never happened before."
So far, Pending Larry has 1,071 followers and has written 27 tweets.
Unfortunately for Google, the "PENDING LARRY QUOTE" wasn't the only sore spot on its earnings release. The search giant reported that third-quarter earnings missed Wall Street expectations, causing its stock to plunge 9% before trading was temporarily halted.
Google reported earnings of $9.03 a share on net revenue of $11.3 billion. Analysts had projected earnings of $10.65 a share on sales of $11.9 billion.