Twitter platform director Sarver jumps ship, replacement search underway
Twitter Director of Platform Ryan Sarver will leave the microblogging service later this month.
Sarver tweeted his resignation Friday, writing "After four incredible, indelible years at Twitter the time has come for me to fly the coop. My last day will be June 28. No plans but rest."
Sarver joined Twitter in 2009 after a three-year stint as director of consumer products at location services firm Skyhook Wireless. He served as a liaison between Twitter and its developer partner ecosystem, spearheading the firm's efforts to institute official branded applications in place of third-party services. Sarver's much-discussed March 2011 post on the Twitter Development Talk forum made it clear that the days of third-party client applications were officially numbered: "Developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no," Sarver wrote at that time. "We need to move to a less fragmented world, where every user can experience Twitter in a consistent way."
Twitter has already begun searching for Sarver's replacement. "As the director, platform partnerships, you will lead the team of platform relations managers, developer advocates, platform growth managers and partner engineers on a global basis," reads Twitter's job posting. "You will work cross-functionally with a variety of different teams within Twitter such as product, engineering, analytics, sales and business development. You will be leading a team focused on driving the success and adoption of Twitter's most important platform products such as Twitter Cards, Twitter for Websites, Twitter APIs, Ads API, the Vine Platform, our mobile platform and much more. You and your team will think deeply about Twitter integration opportunities and possibilities across a wide range of verticals and partners."
Twitter passed the 200 million monthly active user milestone in late 2012. Research firm comScore reports that 53.6 percent of unique Twitter users access the platform via mobile device.
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