• Germany edition
 
Twitter nests in Berlin
Photo: DPA

Twitter nests in Berlin

Published: 26 Mar 2012 09:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Mar 2012 09:00 GMT+02:00

Focus magazine reported on Sunday that the cities of Hamburg and Munich had been considered as Germany's new tweeting hub, but that the capital city had won out. Until now the German side of the business has been run from London.

A Germany head has already been found, the magazine said.

Hamburg is already home to important bases for Google and Facebook, while the Munich area hosts regional headquarters of Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

Berlin is keen to strengthen its reputation as a centre for internet-based businesses, particularly start-ups and creative new companies.

Twitter currently has around 140 million active users sending around 340 million short messages every day.

Merkel turned down a personal invitation to join from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who had a meeting with her in the capital earlier this month.

On his way to meet her, Dorsey excitedly tweeted, “Just landed in Berlin for a visit with Chancellor Angela Merkel. I've been wanting to meet her for a while: the world needs her on Twitter.”

But shortly afterwards Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said she did not share his view, and said the world would have to be satisfied with her text messages and weekly video vodcasts.

Seibert himself is a keen twitterer, however, at least in an official capacity.

DAPD/The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

09:30 March 26, 2012 by kohcherp
"Twitter currently has around 140 active users sending around 340 million messages of 140 characters or less. "

so who are these 140 people?
11:03 March 26, 2012 by Wobinidan
I'm still baffled by twitter. It's a blog that encourages you to talk in txt spk coz u only hav 140 chars. Y is dat populr?
15:44 March 26, 2012 by Snooker
If Twitter wishes to increase its reach in Germany they need to expand the character limit to 190, thereby accommodating the average German sentence.

@Wobinidan no text speak on Twitter. It is considered rude.
11:14 March 28, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
landing in Berlin like all the other new media companies. Cheap labour for their admin being the number one reason. Berlin job market being easy to exploit cheaply. Maybe Twitter will set an example and buck this trend. Won't hold my breath though.
09:31 March 31, 2012 by bjerkebek
"Twitter currently has around 140 active users sending around 340 million messages of 140 characters or less. "

so who are these 140 people? they're the ones to stay away from on the road.
Today's headlines
Nazi-stolen painting put on display, sort of
The Wiesbaden Museum in Hessen. Photo: DPA

Nazi-stolen painting put on display, sort of

The Wiesbaden Museum was once a collection house for art stolen from Jewish owners by the Nazi. With one painting, they hope to right at least one wrong while bringing awareness to its ongoing restitution work. READ  

JobTalk Germany
When should interns demand to get paid?

When should interns demand to get paid?

After a woman was denied pay for working at a supermarket as an 'intern' for eight months with no wages, The Local looks at the warning signs for abusive internships. READ  

Single parents, common law families on rise
Photo: DPA

Single parents, common law families on rise

The German family structure is changing, with nearly a third of every family no longer living in the "classic model" and big differences in what family looks like in the former East and West, statistics agency Destatis announced on Monday. READ  

Four arrested in raids against Isis
Photo: DPA

Four arrested in raids against Isis

Police raided 15 homes across Germany over the weekend and arrested four suspected supporters of the Islamic State (Isis). They are alleged to have smuggled a teenager and thousands of winter military clothes to the terrorist group's frontlines. READ  

Munich Refugee Crisis
'There's no room but we have nowhere else to go'
Hassan, pictured outside the Bayernkaserne with two of his children, arrived in Munich from Syria. Photo: Mariane Schroeder

'There's no room but we have nowhere else to go'

Around 300 refugees are arriving in Munich each day, but accommodation centres are full. With authorities struggling for answers, The Local meets those at the sharp end of the crisis. READ  

Train Strike
Buses up prices, football fans brawl, trains return
Photo: DPA

Buses up prices, football fans brawl, trains return

UPDATE: Deutsche Bahn trains are chugging along again after a 50-hour train strike cost the service "tens of millions" and brought travel headaches across the country, leaving millions of passengers struggling for transportation over the weekend as well as at least one mass brawl in its tracks. READ  

Foreigner toll to hit motorways only
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. Photo: DPA

Foreigner toll to hit motorways only

Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt plans to limit his road toll for foreigners initially to motorways only, Spiegel reported on Sunday. READ  

Criminals blow Berlin Sparkasse wide open
The damaged bank branch. Photo: DPA

Criminals blow Berlin Sparkasse wide open

Criminals robbed a Berliner Sparkasse bank branch early on Sunday morning - using a bomb. READ  

French retread path to Berlin finance ministry
French Economy and Finance Ministers Emmanuel Macron (l) and Michel Sapin. Photo: DPA

French retread path to Berlin finance ministry

French and German ministers are due to meet on Monday to discuss ways of boosting growth in Europe's two biggest economies, as Paris called on Berlin to step up investment. READ  

Lufthansa pilots to strike for 35 hours
Grounded. Photo: DPA

Lufthansa pilots to strike for 35 hours

UPDATE: Pilots' union Cockpit has called a new 35-hour walkout at Lufthansa starting Monday, hours after a weekend-long rail strike finished. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Culture
Can you top our history quiz leaderboard?
Photo: Facebook
Society
German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight
Photo: DPA
Politics
UKIP ‘seeks EU pact’ with German satirical party
Photo: DPA
Travel
This is the man who has stopped Germany's trains
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
Expats: Should I stay or should I go?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
PHOTOS: World's biggest erotic fair opens in Berlin
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
11 things Germans are afraid of...
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
Which expat foods do you miss the most?
Sponsored Article
International School on the Rhine: a legacy
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
How to get hired at a Berlin startup
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The ten richest people in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,436
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd