According to a job post today, Twitter is looking for a government liaison to serve as a point person for the company in Washington D.C. The staff member will be the first D.C.-based employee for Twitter.
The post reads:
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.
It looks like the staffer will help government employees and politicians use Twitter in their everyday activities and also serve as a public policy liaison for the company. The employee will also serve as an advocate for government and political users within Twitter and courage more political engagement among citizens on the microblogging network.
It’s not surprising that Twitter would want a presence in the Beltway. As more politicians flock to the microblogging network to engage with citizens, it makes sense for the company 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.