David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World, has joined the staff of The Daily Beast, a two-year-old news site combining curated news, opinion and original reporting. Kirkpatrick, who is also the former senior editor for internet and technology of Fortune magazine, will serve as The Daily Beast’s Technology Columnist.

Said executive editor Edward Felsenthal about the new hire, “David has a long, extraordinary record as a reporter, author and convenor of the best minds in technology, we are thrilled to have him at The Daily Beast.”