Twitter rumoured to be eyeing new Australian office
Social networking giant Twitter has sent some of its top executives to meet with representatives from key Australian industries, as speculation surrounding a potential move to the country grows.
The executives met with members from the country’s media organisations and sporting bodies, as well as arranging a 'secret' event in Melbourne for Australia’s most popular Twitter users – often known as the ‘Twitterati’.
The event, held on Tuesday, featured Twitter’s head of international development, Mike Brown, who spoke alongside other team members to share “valuable Twitter insights and case studies”.
Brown is rumoured to be attending further 'secret' meetings in Melbourne and Sydney in the coming days.
Some information surrounding the events has been leaked, with the hosts rumoured to be Sean Callanan from social media consultancy Sports Geek and Francis Leach from ABC News, with tickets known to cost $59.
Other Twitter speakers, including head of Sports and Entertainment Omid Ashtari and his colleague Jenna Mannos, will appear by video link.
Analysts have speculated that Twitters burgeoning interest in Australia – which accounts for an average 1.4 million tweets per day – could signal their intentions to open a further office on the sub-continent, following similar indications from their planned expansion in to South Korea.
Reports from The Next Web last month claim that Twitter has earmarked South Korea as one of the most important e-markets worldwide, thanks to its rapidly growing pool of active web users, as well as the quality of service providers have been able to offer.
Here, similar indicators were given, with Twitter representatives meeting with mobile handset manufacturers, mobile operators, media companies and celebrities before confirming their interest in forming partnerships within the country.