Did Google just attempt to recruit the co-founder of Ethereum?

Now-deleted tweet appeared to show a snippet of an email approach from the online giant.

It would appear that Google has approached Vitalik Buterin, one of the co-founders of Ethereum (and largely its public persona), to recruit him for a blockchain project.

According to reports, Buterin took to Twitter to share a screenshot showing what appeared to be part an email from Google recruiter Elizabeth Garcia, offering him a job. Buterin did not see fit to redact her name or email address in the screenshot – however, he did accompany it with a poll asking simply: “should I drop ethereum and work for Google?”

Quite what the point of the email was is unclear. Despite its recent decision to ban cryptocurrency related ads, Google – or at least its parent company Alphabet – is reportedly working on Blockchain-related projects at the moment, so many have leapt to the conclusion that Buterin was wanted by the tech giant to work with it on one of them. The part showed simply said:

“Hi Vitalik, I hope you are doing well and enjoying the weekend! … Google make sense for you now or in the near future.”

It would appear he later rethought his decision to share the post and poll, and deleted them. Before it was taken down, however, 59% of the 2,000+ people who voted on the poll had told him that he should stick with Ethereum.

In its place Buterin simply opined that it was “Too bad you can’t quote tweet someone and add a poll.”