Twitter Heading to London: Staff Being Hunted Now

One of the social media subjects that we write about most here at OSM is giant social network Twitter and today’s news indicates that the company is set to extend even further with plans to head to London. The current controversy in the U.K. surrounding super-injunctions and Twitter’s part in certain people being named doesn’t appear to have impacted upon its decision to set up a London base.

A senior Twitter executive, Tony Wang, has already relocated to the U.K. to start the expansion and now Twitter is advertising for staff in its first European office. Rupert Neate of The Telegraph tells how the move was earmarked back in December and since then both David Cameron and Boris Johnson have made no secret of the fact that they are urging Twitter to come to London, both of them making personal appeals.

This lead Twitter’s head of international strategy, Katie Jacobs Stanton to tweet “Hugely impressed with PM Cameron @Mayor ofLondon & the @Number-10gov teams.” A Twitter spokesman also said, “We are still planning on opening a London office soon. We haven’t made any decisions on a European headquarters yet.” Lawyers have noted that a move to the U.K. could mean that stricter libel laws in Britain might restrain Twitter but despite that it seems the expansion is still going ahead.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops over the next few weeks and we’ll be keeping a close eye on the situation. What do you think of Twitter’s plans to head to London? Let us know with your comments.