LiveJournal Founder Leaves (Probably For Google)

    August 8, 2007

It sounds like Google just got another important employee, but the search giant didn’t simply pluck him out of an unemployement line; instead, it may have pulled Brad Fitzpatrick away from LiveJournal (which he created) and Six Apart.

If true, this would be a major win for Google – judging from Fitzpatrick’s Wikipedia page, he’s a pretty clever and productive guy.  And Fitzpatrick’s own post on brad’s life explains that he is indeed departing from Six Apart, and continues, “Yes, I’m bored, but that boredom isn’t SixApart’s fault.  I’ve been doing this whole LiveJournal thing for about 9 years now. . . .  I just need a change.”

It’s where he’s going that remains unknown, at least on official terms.  Valleywag’s Owen Thomas has it on good authority that the LiveJournal founder will wind up at the Googleplex, but those words have yet to come from Fitzpatrick’s fingers or Google’s corporate mouth.

On the other hand, it seems that Fitzpatrick may have intentionally ignored the subject.  Around 240 comments follow Fitzpatrick’s announcement, and there’s quite a lot of speculation (and well-wishing) among them if you’ve got some extra time on your hands.

Don’t worry too much about the heavy reading, though – if Fitzpatrick joins Google, we’ll surely hear all about it.  This is one guy who’s not likely to be turned down due to Mountain View’s hiring cutbacks.