Cloud Computing: Top 10 Google Employee Defections to Facebook
Like Google and other Internet powers before it Facebook likes to hire some of the top talent in high-tech. That's why the company has been poaching so many Google employees, which are known as Xooglers. Last month, The New York Times noted in its feature on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that Facebook has poached some 200 workers from Google. That includes Sandberg, who ran online sales for Google. Glen Kelman over at the Refin blog found that of the 2,174 current Facebook employees with a LinkedIn profile, 378 cited Google in their work history, or nearly 1 in 5. That's much more than the 200 ex-Googlers The New York Times cited last month. Make no mistake, Google isn't hurting for talent; it recently shuttled Marissa Mayer, the longtime search user experience guru, over to give the geo/local unit a boost. Ostensibly, this will help Google better compete with Facebook, which is beginning to leverage local business advertising through Facebook Places and Deals. Note that the top 10 Xooglers below are not listed in chronological order.