Micro-blogging site Twitter has appointed Arvinder Gujral as its head of mobile business development for India and South-east Asia. According to Gujral's LinkedIn profile, he has been with the company since July this year (a little over a month).
Prior to joining Twitter, he was the head of data, value-added services (VAS) and new products at Aircel. Earlier, Gujral was at Geodesic Information Systems, working as director, product marketing. He had also worked at companies such as CIBER Inc., iGate Global Solutions, Infosys and FCB Ulka Advertising. Gujral holds an MBA degree in Business Management from Symbiosis Center of Management.
In November last year, the company also appointed Rishi Jaitly as its director for the India market.
In April this year, Twitter released Twitter #music, a new service that enables its users to discover music. The service leverages Twitter activity (including Tweets and engagement) to detect and display the most popular tracks and emerging artistes. It also enables one to visit a favourite artiste's profile, find out whom they follow and listen to songs by those artistes as well.
In the same month, Twitter also added around 160 new locations (including seven Indian cities) to its Trends feature, enabling users to track what's trending locally in any of these cities. A total of 21 Indian cities currently figure in the Trends feature including Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Rajkot, Ranchi, Srinagar, Surat and Thane. Before that, the company made its 'archiving tool' available in 12 non-English languages including Hindi, among others.
(Edited by Sanghamitra Mandal)