We’ve certainly been intrigued with all of the Silicon Valley tech giants that have opened offices in the Seattle area in recent months, from eBay to Facebook to Jawbone to Zynga.
Now, Twitter is officially fluttering into Seattle with its very own engineering office near Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, not too far from Facebook’s old digs and just down the street from the RealNetworks’ HQ. It marks the company’s fifth main engineering office, joining operations in Silicon Valley, New York, London and Tokyo.
The new office has five employees, with plans to hire more folks in the coming months.
Appropriately enough, Twitter made the announcement in a Tweet:
Twitter has had employees in the Seattle area for some time, going back to its April 2010 acquisition of the upstart Cloudhopper. Cloudhopper’s Joe Lauer remains in Seattle, working on Twitter’s mobile team. Other employees in the new office include Lisa Phillips, Tom Krouper and Jonathan Reichhold.
Google was one of the first big tech companies from the San Francisco Bay Area to establish an outpost in Seattle, and the company now has about 1,000 employees split between facilities in Kirkland and Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Earlier this year, Facebook moved into a new office with room for 170 staffers.
The arrival of those companies is having a big impact on Seattle’s technology ecosystem, making it that much harder for startup companies (as well as big anchor tenants such as Amazon.com and Microsoft) to recruit and hold on to key talent.