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NYC Welcomes Twitter

 TWITTER OPENS NEW EAST COAST HEADQUARTERS IN MANHATTAN IN NEW YORK CITY twitter logo


New York City’s Tech Sector Continues to Grow and Create Jobs. High-Tech Employment and Establishments In the City Have Increased by More than 30 Percent Since 2005. 

City Twitter Accounts Have 300,000 Followers

Twitter opens the first-ever New York City Twitter office. Located at 340 Madison Avenue, the office will serve as the official East Coast headquarters for the company and will be home to 40 full-time employees, including engineers, designers and advertising executives, with plans to expand in the coming months.

Twitter works with countless media companies in New York City and a growing number of start-ups that create useful business tools based on the Twitter platform and Twitter-related idea. The City of New York and @NYCMayorsOffice use Twitter to communicate with citizens, and City Twitter accounts have an aggregate following of more than 300,000.

“We are proud to welcome Twitter to New York City’s growing technology sector,” @MikeBloomberg said.

Twitter is a real-time network that connects users with the latest information that they find interesting through following public streams. Twitter’s messaging is unique – allowing short bursts of information called Tweets, which are a maximum of 140 characters in length. Tweets can include embedded content and media for additional information. Twitter has grown drastically since its launch in 2006, and currently has more than 230 million tweets daily.

Currently, there are over 300,000 followers of City Twitter accounts, and over 65 City Twitter accounts are operated by the City of New York. Additionally, @NYCMayorsOffice answers questions with the hashtag #askmike, which allows individuals to pose questions to the Mayor.

During Hurricane Irene, Mayor Bloomberg held nine press conferences over the course of five days, which were streamed online and to iPhones and iPads. During that time, @NYCMayorsOffice, which became the go-to place for real-time updates on the hurricane, more than doubled its followers, from more than 24,000 to more than 54,000.

New York State features the largest developer population outside of California in the nation. The Bloomberg Administration has created nine business incubators in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx to help entrepreneurs launch new start-up companies. The City has partnered with academic institutions, property management companies and commercial landlords to establish high-quality, ready-to-use office space that comes with basic business services and administrative support. The nine incubators currently host more than 500 start-up businesses and more than 800 jobs, and many businesses have already graduated from these spaces and expanded into market-rate space.

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