Twitter to open European HQ in London

Twitter, the rapidly growing social networking site, seems to moving out of their comfort zone as they prepare to build their European headquarters in London. Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has remained in the US and four years later they have decided to expand their business empire to Europe.

The London HQ will open next year, with the primary focus of being a sales office and run by a new head of international strategy, Katie Jacobs Stanton. Additionally, she also has control of the role of special advisor to the US State Department’s Office of Innovation.

A Twitter Spokesman said “There were a few of us in London this week. We are considering London and other European locations to create an initial and small presence in 2011.”

Twitter representatives have been seen visiting places in the West End of London as well as properties close to London’s “silicon roundabout”. Real name, Old Street roundabout it has garnered the name "silicon roundabout" due to the amount of web based companies around the area, including names like Last.fm. The company has recently been pressed to find an office near the "silicon roundabout", where the UK government has focused on creating a new Tech City in which they pledged £400m into developing. 

There’s only one thing left to say. The British Yanks are coming.

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thommcg said,
Not Ireland? Our Corporation tax is really low you know

And at the end of the day your letting the side down with your ultra-low tax rates.

The article makes it sound like the London office is a done deal, then goes on to quote a Twitter representative as saying...

"There were a few of us in London this week. We are considering London and other European locations to create an initial and small presence in 2011.”.

... which clearly says they are only considering London and nothing is certain yet. Which is it?

Anyone know if they're hiring for the London HQ? There doesn't seem to be any job openings for London on their jobs section.

kraized said,
Anyone know if they're hiring for the London HQ? There doesn't seem to be any job openings for London on their jobs section.

The job will be advertising sales, I assume they've already head hunted from within the industry!

e-berlin.org said,
wtf are they going to do in london? beer's so expensive there

Ah, grab a train to Brighton or something on a student night .
London's not all about the beer

e-berlin.org said,
wtf are they going to do in london? beer's so expensive there

It's not too expensive... On average I pay at least 30% more for a beer in Sydney than I ever did in London

e-berlin.org said,
wtf are they going to do in london? beer's so expensive there

Forget the beer, the higher taxes they will be paying is more of a concern!