Does Anyone Still Work at Twitter?

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Another day, another top executive leaves Twitter.

On Tuesday, the company’s chief technology executive Adam Messinger announced his departure. “After 5 years I’ve decided to leave Twitter and take some time off. Grateful to @jack for the opportunity and to my team for shipping,” Messinger tweeted.

Josh McFarland, the VP of Product, also announced he will leave the company in the spring to work for Greylock Partners, an investment firm.


There’s been a mass exodus of Twitter’s top leadership over the past year and a half.

In November of this year, COO Adam Bain—once known as the company’s biggest cheerleader—announced he was leaving. “What does it say when a person that well liked and seemingly that integral to the business decides to leave? Quite simply, it says what we’ve known for quite some time: Twitter is fucked,” Gizmodo’s Christina Warren wrote on Bain’s departure.

In May, the head of business development and the head of media and commerce announced their plans to leave Twitter. In January, Twitter’s the VP of Global Media, the SVP of Product, and both the SVPs of Engineering left the company without plans to go elsewhere.


In July 2015, co-founder Jack Dorsey took over as CEO when Dick Costolo quit. Costolo became CEO in 2010, after co-founder Ev Williams resigned to work on other projects. Williams remains on the Twitter board.

The struggling social media platform really, really wanted someone to buy the company this year—Salesforce and Disney were reportedly interested, but turned off by Twitter’s inability (or unwillingness) to fix its abuse problem.


In October, Twitter laid off 350 employees—mostly in ad sales and marketing—and shuttered its offices in Germany and the Netherlands. Last year, the company let go another 300 employees. “The current feeling among those close to the company is that Twitter is simply too bloated, and pays too much in stock-based compensation for a company that’s still not profitable,” Recode reported.

To summarize, here are people who do not work at Twitter:

  • Adam Messinger, former CTO.
  • Josh McFarland, former VP of Product.
  • Adam Bain, former COO.
  • Jana Messerschmidt, former VP of Global Business Development and Platform.
  • Nathan Hubbard, former Head of Commerce.
  • Katie Jacobs Stanton, former VP of Global Media.
  • Kevin Weil, former SVP of Product.
  • Alex Roetter, former SVP of Engineering.
  • Brian Skip Schipper, former SVP of Engineering.
  • Dick Costolo, former CEO.
  • 350 former sales and marketing employees.
  • An additional 300 former employees.
  • Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Tom from MySpace.
  • Me.
  • You, perhaps?

One question remains—aside from founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, does anyone still work at Twitter?


This post has been updated with additional executives who left Twitter this year.

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Eve Peyser was the night editor at Gizmodo.

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Zach Nelson

Here’s my application for *place executive title here* of Twitter. $100k/year, works remotely. I can promise to whip your company/product into shape and actually solve a problem.

First define what the fuck Twitter actually is. It seems like it has a couple of verticals it can expand into as long as they are focused. 1-to-1 communications (private messages), 1-to-many communications (announcements), and many-to-1 communications (feedback and support).

1-to-1: seems pretty obvious, create a messaging platform.

1-to-many: seems to be the bread and butter here. Perfect for celebrities, influences, news, public service announcements (traffic, police, etc.), and of course, advertising.

many-to-1: I think is the second best use case for Twitter, allowing the public to talk to an “entity” (company, brand, celebrity). A great customer support product, or a way for an entity to solicit feedback and answer questions for a survey.

After you define Twitter, you just make those products and services the best they can be, add features to the verticals and monetize them.

Have your people call my people to hash out the details. And by “my people” just tweet me @notzachnelson.