Apparently, being a jerk on Twitter is bad for your employment prospects.
“Sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console,” Orth wrote on Twitter. “Every device now is ‘always on.’ That’s the world we live in.”
Then, when the Xbox fans reminded him that small towns don’t have the same level internet connectivity that big cities enjoy, he proceeded to diss places like Janesville, WI and Blacksburg, VA, asking “why on earth would I live there?”
Now, Orth is apparently no longer with Microsoft. It’s not clear whether he was fired, left voluntarily, or “encouraged” to spend more time with his family.
Microsoft issued a statement last week about the comments, which referred to him rather coldly as “this person.”
“We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.”
Orth may have commented on this development on Twitter, but it’s impossible to tell unless you’re a confirmed follower of his: he has locked the account, and it is no longer available. In the same breath, apparently, he deleted his LinkedIn account.
I guess he has learned the value of discretion on social media. But, as it often is, the lesson appears to have been learned the hard way.