*Dick Costolo to become Twitter chief operating officer
*Costolo will start next week
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 2 Microblogging service
Twitter has tapped a former Google Inc (GOOG.O) executive to be
its chief operating officer, the latest move by the fledgling
but fast-growing company to build out its management team as it
seeks to start making money.
Dick Costolo will join Twitter next week as COO, company
spokeswoman Jenna Sampson said by email.
Twitter, which allows users to broadcast short,
140-character text messages over the Internet to groups of
"followers," is one of the Internet's fastest growing
The number of worldwide unique visitors to the Twitter
website reached 44.5 million in June, up 15-fold
year-over-year, according to comScore data.
Twitter co-Founder Biz Stone said in May that the company
is exploring ways to generate revenue from its free service
this year, citing "analytics" tools and a directory of
authenticated commercial accounts as potential money makers.
In January, Twitter announced that it had hired a director
of mobile business development.
Costolo, who could not be reached for comment, was
previously the CEO of Feedburner, which Google acquired in
2007. A profile on Costolo's LinkedIn page said that he worked
at Google as a group product manager until June 2009.
(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Gary Hill)