Facebook Hires Former Apple Maps Manager Richard Williamson

Tuesday April 16, 2013 4:59 PM PDT by Juli Clover
facebook.jpgFormer Apple employee Richard Williamson has been hired by Facebook, reports Bloomberg. Williamson, who was in charge of Apple's iOS mapping team, was fired in November after Apple Maps faced extensive criticism for its poor performance.
Williamson joined Facebook in the past couple of weeks to be a manager within its expanding mobile-software group, said two of the people, who declined to be identified because the information isn’t public.
Facebook has acquired several other Apple employees in an effort to improve and expand on its iOS app, which was updated today to add the Chat Heads feature.
Other former Apple employees brought in by Zuckerberg include Greg Novick, a former iPhone manager who helped develop the device’s touch interface; Mike Matas and Kimon Tsinteris, software designers who joined when Facebook acquired their company Push Pop Press; and software engineers Scott Goodson, Tim Omernick and Chris Tremblay.
Facebook has also reportedly hired former Twitter employee Loren Brichter, who designed Twitter's original iPhone app and popular word game Letterpress. Brichter is a former member of Scott Forstall's iPhone team.

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Posted: 21 months ago
...and together they shall write the worst software the world has ever seen! Mmwwwohahahaha!
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
Sadly he only lasted a day.

They told him to go to Mark Zuckerberg's office for a meeting, and he ended up in Oakland.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
Facebook maps! See the world through people's faces
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago

Facebook maps! See the world through the wrong people's faces


Fixed that for you :)
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
Facebook is such a joke these days...
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago

And anyone else curious about what is Scott Forstall doing?


Plotting his revenge in his secret lair under a volcano somewhere in the Pacific?
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago

Times have changed somewhat since then. Its a much bigger risk to do that these days.


Disagree. Many senior level managers have way more money and resources and opportunities then jobs did back then. The real reason is few people are capable or even want to run their own business. You get 30% of the pay and 1% of the responsibility.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
You're using the old Facebook icon! Get with the times you guys!
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
In few days, the checkin in Facebook will check you on some other places instead.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
I think they're probably hiring him because he knows a lot about iOS, and also probably because he's available.

This is a case of Facebook wanting to pick up some iOS knowledge for cheap, pretty much. It has nothing to do with maps.

I mean, Facebook isn't that dumb, are they?
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