Protip from Microsoft today: if you want to hang on to your job, best to not tweet a mini review of an as yet unreleased Windows Phone Mango Nokia handset on your personal Twitter feed – no matter how positive it might be.
“I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too!” Tweeted developer Joe Marini. “Overall I would say [it scores] an 8. Solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction.”
So far, so positive. In fact, Marini’s only problem with the mystery handset was the screen size: “The camera was good, but I didn’t have optimal lighting. I’d like a larger screen too.”
A representative from Microsoft has since confirmed that Marini is no longer working at the company, although they’re typically reticent to discuss details of his departure. We can’t help feeling a little sorry for the guy – eight out of ten sounds like a pretty good score for a Nokia phone to us, and the bigger screen comment sounds more like a preference than a criticism. It is not, for instance, on the same level as the accidental @ChryslerAutos tweet earlier this year (from a now-ex employee who mixed up his Twitter accounts): “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity when no one here can f*cking drive.” Oops.