Twitter Starts the Year with Some New Faces

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Just as many of us get back to work after the holidays, Twitter has some new people starting work with the company altogether. Twitter reportedly has ten new people (most starting today), and some of them have interesting backgrounds, which could have interesting implications for the company's future.

The one new hiring that is drawing the most attention is that of Bakari Brock, who has worked as a lawyer for Google and YouTube, holding the title of Corporate Counsel with both. Silicon Valley blogger Louis Gray, who discovered the new additions to Twitter's staff, notes that Brock was heavily quoted by the media in late 2008 when YouTube was introducing e-commerce capabilities.

Bakari Brock

Other new additions to Twitter, discovered via Twitter's Team List, include people with backgrounds with Bebo, Apple, Qik, Ning, TiVo, Cloudera, Ask, VMware, and 23andMe. One of them has also worked at Google in the past.

"Twitter's pedigree is getting increasingly rich at the expense of Google and other Silicon Valley tech titans," says Gray.

He points out that these are not the only new additions to Twitter. On Decemeber 23, Twitter announced its acquisition of Mixer Labs, the creators of GeoAPI.

Twitter is poised to have a  very big year as the company will likely start concentrating more on its own monetization and geo-location capabilities. With new hires with experience at companies like Qik and TiVo, you have to wonder if Twitter has some new video-related ideas in mind as well.

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Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.