On Thursday, November 7th, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey tweeted about his arrival in Nigeria. Jack arrived with other executives – Parag Agrawal who serves as CTO at Twitter, Engineering Team Lead Mike Montano and Kayvon Beykpour, the Product Lead.
As part of his activities in Africa, Jack met with local entrepreneurs and was also present at a town hall meeting organized by Techpoint with his other team members. Jack revealed, there were “not enough” Nigerians on Twitter when asked to tell the number of active Nigerians on the micro-blogging platform. He did not, however, reveal the actual figure.
This is a surprising revelation as Twitter is always at the forefront of social movements and protests when Nigerians want to get conversations going. Twitter remains a powerful tool as information gets circulated quickly on the platform and it’s the fastest means to get access to breaking news in Nigeria
Emphasising further on Jack’s response, Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour said one of the reasons the team visited was to make Twitter better for more Nigerians. He said, “That’s one of the reasons why we’re here. We sense the impact that can be made is relative to the number of people”.
CEO, Jack Dorsey also disclosed Twitter plans to expand its workforce in Africa, as a result, he plans to live for 3-6 months in an African country come 2020.
During the town hall session, a Nigerian Dara Oladosu, who created a Quoted Replies bot (an account which makes it easy to see all quoted replies to a tweet without going through any hassle) was offered a job instantly to join the Twitter team.
As expected, Twitter is interested in building its own in-app “quoted tweet feature” and Dara will be part of the team to create this.
Jack is currently in Ghana and will be visiting Ethiopia and South Africa with other Twitter executives as part of his African tour.
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