Remember Joe Marini? He’s the Microsoft worker who left his job back in September after tweeting about what was then an unreleased Windows Phone from Nokia. As we reported at the time, Marini stepped down after being told he would be dismissed for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information.
Well, as it turns out, Marini has found a new gig … at Google.
Appropriately enough, he announced the new position in a tweet. He wrote: “I’m excited to be starting my new role at Google, driving the Web forward, and to continuing to work with the amazing people I’ve met!”
Marini — who spent eight years at Microsoft — plans to split time between San Francisco and Seattle. His LinkedIn profile lists his new position at Google as staff developer advocate.
Google appears to have a high tolerance for criticism and public scrutiny, so Marini should fit right in. After all, Google engineer Steve Yegge famously rattled off this 4,771-word rant a few weeks ago, and last we heard he’s still holding down a job at Google Kirkland.
The company also has shown a tendency of picking up high-profile workers who’ve left Microsoft, including Don Dodge, who was laid off in 2009 from Microsoft and landed a few days later at Google.