It started on September 7, when Joe Marini, who worked as a Seattle-based principal program manager on the Windows Phone team, tweeted: "I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too!" The tweet contained a Windows Phone 7 hashtag, #WP7. Marini sent subsequent tweets about the device, including one that rated it an "8" and another that said "the camera was good, but I didn't have optimal lighting."
GeekWire broke the news today that Marini stepped down after being informed that he would be let go for violating Microsoft's social-media and blogging policy (PDF: http://socialmediagovernance.com/MSFT_Social_Media_Policy.pdf ). The guidelines, which are not unusual for companies in this era of ubiquitous social networking, tell employees to "be smart" and to not disclose information in tweets or blog posts that would otherwise be considered confidential.
CNET News: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20109152-75/microsoft-employees-phone-tweet-leads-to-ouster/
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