June 9, 2010
Seeking to capitalize on the growing presence of politicians, policy makers, and government officials and agencies on social media Websites, Twitter is looking to hire someone to facilitate government use of its site.
Twitter's "government liaison" would help "make Twitter better" for political types, according to a job listing posted by the company. Any number of government officials and organizations are on Twitter. Some of the most popular by number of "followers" -- with more than a million apiece -- on the microblogging site include the White House (and also President Obama), Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, and NASA astronaut Mike Massimo. Tiwtter's government liaison would be the company's first employee based in Washington, D.C. , and would both help Twitter understand what it can do to better serve government, and help government users improve their communication with constituents. The role will also include a bit of cheerleading and audience development, as responsibilities include increasing political use of Twitter. In terms of qualifications, Twitter is looking for someone with three or more years of government or political experience, knowledge of nationwide and worldwide government and politics, organizational, and communication skills, "fluency" in technology, willingness to travel (Twitter is headquartered in California), and possibly entrepreneurial experience.
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