Hashtag Inventor Chris Messina Leaves Google to Join Small Startup NeonMob
Chris Messina, known for bringing the hashtag to social media, has left Google after more than three and a half years.
An advocate of open social Web technologies, Messina had first joined Google to lead developer relations for the short-lived Google Buzz product. In recent years, he had worked on user experience design on the Google+ team. His last day was yesterday.
While Messina has kept a somewhat lower profile while working for Google, he’s famous to some for inventing the hashtag in August 2007, a convention that’s now extremely widely used to link conversations across all sorts of media.
Messina said today that he is taking a job at a small, bootstrapped San Francisco startup called NeonMob, which is trying to create a market for digital art. Messina had found the six-person company online, and become fascinated with their efforts to establish the notion of an online art collection. He’ll be head of community and growth, starting next week.
Update: Here’s Messina’s post.