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September 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Microsoft employee who tweeted about unreleased Nokia phone no longer with company

Corrected version

Is this a cautionary tale about imprudent/company-policy-violating tweeting, or about a company’s overreaction to such?

Joe Marini, a principal program manager for the web platform on Windows Phone, who tweeted about an unreleased Nokia phone a few weeks ago, is no longer with the company.

Marini had tweeted his impressions of the unreleased Nokia phone, saying, variously, that it was “one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen,” but also that it rated an 8 (out of 10, in reply to another Twitter user’s question) and that he would like a larger screen.

GeekWire reported that people inside the company said Marini resigned after learning that he would be let go for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information.

Microsoft’s social media policy tells employees to “be smart” when posting and, “in general, do not post any information, code, inventions, or other material that may be confidential to Microsoft or its customers, partners or vendors.”

A Microsoft spokesperson said: “We routinely do not discuss personnel matters, but I can confirm that Joe Marini no longer works at Microsoft.”

Marini could not immediately be reached.

Reaction on Twitter has been varied, from those who said if Microsoft indeed let Marini go over those tweets, that it was an overreaction, to those who thought Marini did violate the company’s social media policy.

Information in this post, originally published Sept. 20, 2011, was corrected later that day. A previous version of the post incorrectly stated that Marini had thought the Nokia phone’s camera was good but that it did not have optimal lighting. He actually said “the camera was good, but I didn’t have optimal lighting….” The camera phrase was removed from the post.

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