Twitter CEO takes Obama advisory role

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has been asked to join a handpicked presidential advisory committee by Barack Obama.

The president said in a statement that he is “proud to appoint such impressive men and women to these important roles”, and is “grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this Administration”.

Considering that Costolo was saying a few months back that he had no idea what the hell you are meant to do with Twitter, this is no small achievement for the man who was appointed CEO in October.

Costolo will now be joining fellow bigwigs McAfee president David DeWalt and Scott Charney, corporate vice president for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group as new members on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).

 The NSTAC’s aims are to keep telecommunications channels open through any event or “crisis”, and considering Twitter’s role in accidentally liveblogging the Osama hit earlier this month and its role in the Arab uprisings it should fit the bill.

The committee also includes CEOs of AT&T, Nextel and Verizon.

Of course Costolo need not feel too special with his important new role, Obama seems to be handing them out to any Tom, Dick and Paul Otellini in the tech industry recently.

Obama also met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently at a dinner with a who’s-who of tech figures a few months ago.

However it seems that Facebook is looking to the previous administration to bolster its own ranks, announcing that Joel Kaplan and Myriah Jordan will be joining the firm having worked as officials for the Bush administration previously, taking posts as vice president for US public policy and congressional relations respectively.