Liz Gannes

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I Come in Peace, I Promise! Twitter Hires Developer Relations Manager.

Twitter, whose dealings with outside developers are often testy, has hired a developer relations manager, Jason Costa. Costa presumably won’t be the one making future calls about temporarily shutting down third-party Twitter clients like UberTwitter, but he’ll have to do his best to explain why.

Costa most recently did a short stint as an intern at Facebook and prior to that was a manager of developer products at Google for four years. He told Twitter developers in a posting on their Google group (picked up by ReadWriteWeb) that the company will “be holding a developer-focused event at the Twitter headquarters in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for a registration announcement here later this week.”

This is in line with Twitter telling NetworkEffect that it’s not currently planning a large-scale developer event like last year’s Chirp conference, but developers were of course quick to criticize Costa for presuming that they’ll travel to San Francisco on short notice.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik