Twitter Wants to be in Awesome DC too

If Facebook and Google are in DC, why not me? Given my community norms are largely about public expression, hell yes! I got to have a presence in Awesome DC. That is what I think Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter told himself as he woke up this morning.

Twitter is hiring its first Washington D.C.-based employee to “make Twitter better for policymakers, political organizations and government officials and agencies,” according to the job listing. As more politicians flock to the microblogging network to engage with citizens, it makes sense for them to have an evangelist to help aid this process. And it doesn’t hurt to have a representative serving Twitter’s policy interests in the area as well.

According to their site,

“You’ll be our first D.C. -based employee and the closest point of contact with a variety of important people and organizations looking to get the most out of Twitter on both strategic and highly tactical levels. You’ll help Twitter understand what we can do to better serve candidates and policymakers across party and geographical lines. You’ll support policymakers use of Twitter to help them communicate and interact with their constituents and the world. You’ll work with nearly every group at the company and at every level to pursue your vision for how Twitter ought to be. You’ll help set the culture and approach of a fledgling public policy department and be an important part of our very small company.”

I think it’s also very  important to realize that twitter is not a public utility. It is honorable for them to offer the service that they do, and for free. However, have no expectations of reliability, as this is a fundamental flaw of a centralized service.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

3 Responses to Twitter Wants to be in Awesome DC too

  1. congrad dude. nice.

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