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Twitter hires ex-Senate aide Sharp to its first D.C. post

By Cecilia Kang

Twitter picked Adam Sharp, a former Senate staffer, as its first Washington-based hire. The move comes as Internet social networks are facing increasing focus by federal regulators and becoming essential tools for politicians.

Twitter leaders have been working on projects with the State Department and other agencies to use its microblogging platform as a gateway for communication in foreign nations. And, like competitor Facebook, the San Francisco-based company has pushed harder into the political arena, showcasing its 140-character messages as campaign tools during the midterms this week.

The new position appeared aimed at strengthening relationships with political and policy leaders. Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter's general counsel, wrote in a tweet that Sharp, a former top aid to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), would manage government and political partnerships.

Beltway observers have expected the company to announce the spot for months.

And, true to his new line of work, Sharp, an executive producer at C-Span, announced his new appointment via Twitter:

Will be @Twitter’s 1st DC staff, but join 300+ strong team committed to improving govt, political debate. Start 11/29. #gov20

Twitter has recently drawn from Washington's employee pool. Last July, it hired Katie Stanton, a former White House social media director and State Department official. Stanton heads international business development for Twitter and had worked at Google Finance before joining the Obama administration.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 4, 2010; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  Facebook, Media, Social media, Twitter  
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Mary Landrieu is the Senator from Louisiana.


A twit for a WAPO journalist.

And a Maroon for a WAPO editor.

Posted by: mdpilot | November 4, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

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