4chan founder Chris Poole has just been hired by Google to work under Vice President of Streams, Photos and Sharing Bradley Horowitz. This is prompting many news outlets to speculate Poole could be coming in to work on Google’s social platform, Google+. Google+ really has not taken off with the mainstream Internet like competitors Facebook and Twitter but many of its users are very happy that it hasn’t. Poole, who started 4chan when he was 15 and grew it into a 20 million active user community, may or may not be an asset for Google in its social media efforts. 4chan hasn’t exactly had a glowing reputation over the years and many might even consider it the armpit of the Internet — which has some questioning what Poole would bring to Google+ (if that’s where he’s heading).
“Today I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined Google.
When meeting with current and former Googlers, I continually find myself drawn to their intelligence, passion, and enthusiasm — as well as a universal desire to share it with others.
I’m also impressed by Google’s commitment to enabling these same talented people to tackle some of the world’s most interesting and important problems.
I can’t wait to contribute my own experience from a dozen years of building online communities, and to begin the next chapter of my career at such an incredible company.”
Poole’s new boss, Bradley Horowitz, seems excited to have Poole on the team so Google is seeing some sort of value and use for his specific talent(s).
— Bradley Horowitz (@elatable) March 7, 2016
Neither Poole or Horowitz have commented on Poole’s exact duties so we shall see what transpires over the next months. If Poole is joining the Google+ team, that at least shows Google has not given up on Google+ as many have alluded to. On the other hand, if he does join the Google+ team, what does Google+ look like a year from now?
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