Chris Poole, the founder of 4chan, one of the world's most infamous websites, has joined Google. Poole announced the news in a blog post today, saying that he was impressed by the "intelligence, passion, and enthusiasm" of current and former Googlers, and that he wanted to begin "the next chapter" of his career with the company.
Here's Poole's statement in full:
"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."
There's no detail yet on what part of Google Poole will be joining, but his mention of experience "building online communities" suggests he could be going to the Google+ team — which has been leaning hard into its communities features lately. News of Poole's move was also tweeted by Google's Bradley Horowitz, who founded Google+ and is now vice president in charge of streams, photos and sharing. We've reached out to Google for more information and will update this story when we know more.