4chan founder Chris Poole has joined Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) after leaving the leadership of his website and dissolving his startup, Canvas.
The news about Poole joining Google was announced by the company’s vice president of streams, Bradley Horowitz. Poole also posted the development on a blog where he also stated that he was mesmerized by the enthusiasm, passion and intelligence of former and current employees at Google. He also added that it was it is in his interest to begin the next chapter of his life with the tech firm.
4chan has constantly been at the center of attention with controversy, but it has also been well known for online activism. Poole also stated that he was also impressed with the tech firm’s efforts towards helping talented individuals to overcome some of the most overwhelming problems. The 4chan founder gave up his position as administrator of the website in January last year. He will now focus his attention on the social networking undertakings of Google.
Poole stated that he is eager to contribute the experience that he has acquired during the years that he has been creating online communities Google is yet to reveal more details especially on the part of the company that he will be joining and which position he will assume. However, the mention of online communities might be a hint that he will be part of the Google+ team.
It will be interesting to see what Poole will bring to Google. During the South by West conference in 2011, Poole stated that he did not agree with the approach that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) employed towards online identity. He claimed that the company’s lack of anonymity was equivalent to the lack of authenticity.
Poole believes that anonymity is a strong armor as far as authenticity is concerned because it allows people to create unfiltered content thus promoting content creation. In 2009, Poole appeared in the list of the top 100 most influential people in the world.