DAILYHOSTNEWS, November 10, 2011 – Twitter has hired Adam Messinger as VP of infrastructure engineering. Messinger comes to Twitter after working for about four years as VP of development at Oracle. He is also on the advisory board of Splunk, whose product is an engine for machine data for machines within complex IT infrastructures.
In an announcement on its Twitter feed, Twitter’s communications team wrote that Messinger “was doing web (engineering) before many used the Web.”
Messinger’s professional past includes a mixture of engineering and venture-capital activities, according to his LinkedIn page.
A University of California Stanford graduate, he acted as an investor in a number of technology start-ups, including grid computing firm Popular Power and Sana, a company that describes its product as an immune system for computers.
His past engineering gigs included staff engineer roles at WebLogic and BEA and a principal engineer job at Borland.
Twitter, founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 (launched publicly in July 2006), is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to post their latest updates. An update is limited by 140 characters and can be posted through three methods: web form, text message, or instant message. The company has been busy adding features to the product like Gmail import and search. They recently launched a new site section called “Explore” for external and third party tools that interact with Twitter and a new visualization tool called Twitter Blocks.