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Twitter Hires 73 New People In A Month, Closes In On 600 Employees

In late May we reported on how Twitter was on the verge of hiring its 500th employee, which meant that in just two years the company had expanded significantly from its May 2009 roster of 69 members of staff.

As of today that total is up to 572. That’s right – Twitter has recruited 73 new people in just one month.

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Twitter Employees Use Lists… But Barely [INFOGRAPHIC]

Although I think lists are among the most (potentially) powerful feature of Twitter, it seems like its own employees aren’t too keen on them. A look at how Twitter’s employees use lists reveals some pretty interesting stats. For instance, just under half of their 500+ employees (44.09 percent) have never created their own Twitter list.
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Twitter About To Hit 500 Employees (And 5% Of Them Still Have The Default Avatar)

In February I wrote about Twitter’s escalating employee count, which was closing in on 400 members of staff. Way back in May 2009 – when Twitter was black and white and mostly made out of wood – that number was just 69 (dude).

Now, just three and a bit months later, Twitter’s roster has jumped by over 25%, and is about to hit 500.

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How do Twitter Employees use Twitter? [Infographic]

Would you be surprised to hear that Twitter employees use official Twitter apps to send and read their tweets much more often than the general public? Probably not, but that’s what Business Insider found after looking into just how Twitter employees actually used Twitter.
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Rumor: Twitter Hires Bing Search Scientist Alek Kotcz

It looks like Twitter has enticed yet another former Microsoft employee over to its team: Alek Kotcz, Principle Scientist at Microsoft’s Bing search engine appears to have left Bing for Twitter. Although this is still in rumor phase, there are several indications that Kotcz has joined the Twitter team, and we expect this to be made official in the coming days.
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Would You Like To Work At Twitter? Good News: They're Hiring

Twitter currently has 27 job vacancies.

In what, you ask? Pretty much everything, including administration, analytics, business development, media, engineering, internationalization, IT & website operations, API, research, design and search.

Twitter Is Hiring

You can basically take your pick. It’s all part of the big expansion towards profitability that Biz Stone talked about back in November.

And if you want to know why you might like to work at Twitter, you can read the pitch here.

(Thanks to @Hulkster1970 for the scoop.)

Hey, Brands On Twitter: What Happens To Their Work Account When Your Star Employee Quits?

You’re a huge, global brand, and you’re on Twitter. You have lots of support employees on the network, and sensibly you’ve each allocated them a @name_company or @company_name username (i.e., ASOS_james). You have a unit working under your name, and they’re doing good things.

One of your employees becomes the real star of the team, and gets tens of thousands of followers over many months, offering fantastic support and just enough personality to be a hit. He starts getting a lot of attention.

Then one day, suddenly, he quits.

What now?

Some things to consider:

  1. Do you allow him to announce in his (current) Twitter account that he’s moving to another company, even if it’s a rival?
  2. Do you let another employee take over the account? And do you do this on the sly, or do you make it public knowledge?
  3. Do you rename the account, allocating it to another employee? What about those 50,000 followers – how are they going to react knowing their superstar is no longer in charge?
  4. Do you let the person running the account rename it, and take it over, doing with it as they will?
  5. Or do you just close the account? What about all those cases they solved, and help they gave? There’s a history there.

This is going to be a big deal in the future. I can see lawyers getting involved deciding who really ‘owns’ the tweets on employee accounts – or even the account itself. Yes, you’re tweeting on company time using company resources, but it’s your personality that’s made that account a success. It’s you that nurtured those followers, and it’s you that turned them into clients. When star salespeople leave companies, they often take clients with them. Indeed, their clients want to go. Why should it be any different on Twitter?

If you’re an individual like Jeremiah Owyang that moves his essentially personal account between companies, then it’s less of a problem. Owyang is the account. He takes it with him when he leaves. This perhaps seems like the right way forward, but it’s not necessarily best practice for companies to let employees use their personal accounts for work (and vice versa). And both lose the advantages of being associated with the brand name.

It becomes significantly less clear about what is the right thing to do – in both the contractual and ethical sense – if somebody becomes a superstar on Twitter using their work-only account, and then leaves. By association, the company becomes a superstar, too, particularly if the individual is being applauded for great support, and the ramifications of what happens when he or she quits (or, daresay, is fired) are considerable.

And as such, it might be worth thinking about the inevitability of that future now, as opposed to when it actually happens. Because believe me, it will.

HOWTO: Follow Everybody Who Works At Twitter… With One Click

TweepML allows you to build lists of Twitter users that you can recommend to friends and followers. Better, if they like what they see, they can follow everybody – or as many as they like from the list – with a single click.

HOWTO: Follow Everybody Who Works At Twitter... With One Click

I’ve created a list from my article about the people who work at Twitter, and you can follow these folks quickly and easily by visiting this page.

Why not take a moment to create your own lists, and recommend them to your friends. It’s got to be better than #followfriday, right?

I Wish I Knew Who You Were, And Who You Worked For (Automatically)

Lots of people have multiple accounts on Twitter, for various reasons. I can’t tell you the number of times I get a message from somebody out of the blue and I’ll think, “Hey, I know you, don’t I?”

But who is it?

Some detective work later, I figure out that the reason I know this person is because I’m following one of their other accounts. Perhaps their business account. Maybe their personal one. What bugs me about this is I might have a friendly relationship with this person on one of their accounts, but have no idea who they are on another. Or even that they have another.

What I’d like Twitter to offer (and this would be entirely opt-in) is a way for multiple accounts to be linked together. This would be great for businesses that have main accounts and lots of additional ones for their staff. Like Twitter themselves, for example. When you visit the Twitter profile, all their employees should be right there, too. With titles and responsibilities. And if I stumble across an individual employee, it shows that they’re linked to Twitter.

(Think Twitter + LinkedIn.)

Some people do this now in their bios, but it’s kinda awkward, and doesn’t translate well into manageable data.

It could even work a bit like a newsfeed, with one main account pulling the updates from everybody else. So, if I wanted to really follow Google, for example, an @GoogleTeam user could be setup so that everybody who worked for the company could be followed via that one account. The different users would feed in and I could reply to them accordingly.

(Think Twitter + RSS.)

And it wouldn’t have to stop at businesses. Participants in sports teams could link together, as well as social groups and other clubs. You could start your own tribe.

(It might even come with privacy. You could direct message everybody in your tribe with one click. Wouldn’t that be convenient?)

As it is, it’s awkward to find out all the people that work for any corporation on Twitter. I’ve been trying to do this for Twitter themselves, and Dave Winer is doing some great work with his 100twt project. (Check out what the people who work for the New York Times are saying.)

I’d like to see it automated. I think it benefits businesses and customers, which is rare enough to make it very worthwhile.

Who Works At Twitter? An Update!

In May I wrote a fairly popular article entitled, “47 People Who Work At Twitter (And What They Do)“.

Who works at Twitter?

Today I’ve updated this list and Twitter’s employee team has now grown to 67 individuals, many of whom have been added to the support staff, as well as operations and media.

Check out the staff roster here.

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