My visit to Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco
As you know I'm a very big fan of the Social Tool Twitter. Twitter has literally changed my life in a very positive way. It has allowed me to interact, communicate and engage with so many new friends. I do not think there is anyone else in the Toronto/GTA area that has tweeted more than myself. This should be the first indication that I enjoy Twitter; also it reveals the level of engagement I use with this tool. It brings forth a kind of spontaneity…tweets are never scheduled… they are "tweets" on-the-go!!
I had a vacation planned to visit San Francisco with friends and family and I had reached out on Twitter prior to my trip to see if anyone would be able to give me an opportunity to get a look or tour of the San Francisco offices. I want to "Thank" a fellow Canadian named Mark @shinypb who welcomed me, and made me feel being a Canadian, even prouder! On that note, I just want to point out that Mark is the only person at Twitter that does not wear shoes at work, literally!! Sorry Mark but I had to share this..what can you expect from a fellow twitterer?!
Upon entry to Twitter, I see this cuckoo style clock. This station takes a pic of you visiting the office and tweets it out that you've visited the Twitter Office. You can see other guest here: @Twoffice
I'm like a kid in a candy store visiting Twitter. I visited on a Friday evening at approximately 6:00pm. It was surprising to see a full house of people at this time. It seemed like know one goes home from work. The main foyer had ceviche and nachos for everyone to enjoy including unlimited beer for anyone to enjoy. Mark continued to give me a tour around the office. I was simply amazed because it looked like a really fun place to work. Here are some pics of the space at Twitter:
They have a shuffle board. Toronto needs more of this!
The exterior of Twitter Headquarters is an oasis and space of quiet and fun. Check out the pics:
During the tour I learned that Twitter was in the midst of construction and expansion of the San Fran office space. They are also continuously looking for developers, engineers and much more. If you're ever interested in working with them check out Twitter Jobs
So why would you want to work at Twitter? Well, to start, they offer a very flexible vacation policy. I do not want to elaborate on this but it's amazing!! They have catered breakfast and lunch; they get free drinks and snacks anytime. They get paid maternity and paternity leave and most importantly, they offer a challenging and very social community of people who are eager to learn and be challenged. This is something I find lacking in our Toronto community and why we lose so much talent to the US; it should be noted that many Canadians work at the San Francisco office. This is just a short list of advantages to working at Twitter and I'm sure there are many more additional benefits to be discovered.
If you look at the above picture that is King James and JAYZ with Dick Costolo the CEO of Twitter. I was lucky to meet and have a beer with Dick @dickc. He's a very nice guy… a very first good impression. My first day on my vacation and what are the likelihood that i get to meet the CEO of Twitter! That was one of the highlights of my trip.
In a total coincidence, Twitter Canada is opening up an office in Toronto which is exciting to hear. I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing what they have planned. A big thanks to Mark @shinypb and Ian @Chanian for making me feel welcomed to the Twitter office.
More photos of my visit to Twitter San Francisco:
Stay tuned as I blog more about my visit to Google, Apple, Facebook and the Silicon Valley.