Why should Twitter employ any software developers?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com, or follow me on Twitter.

If a company can outsource work, then why not send it to India, or Romania, or someplace cheap? Can anyone suggest to me a reason why the Web industry would not follow the typical pattern of any industry, and migrate to low wage companies as it matures? Developing a new industry often happens in the advanced nations, but at this point the Internet is 40 years old and the skills needed to run it are becoming common. India is full of programmers who can write code. So if Twitter no longer needs workers at its office, then within 10 years it will surely cut costs by sending all the work to the cheapest place on the planet? Interesting:

Twitter is out of the office. Last week, the social media company’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, informed employees that many of them would be allowed to work from home permanently, even after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides. Other tech giants, including Google and Facebook, have not gone quite so far but have also said that they plan to continue working remotely at least through the end of 2020.

This may be a sign of where things are headed for the other white-collar industries that take their cues from Silicon Valley in the design and culture of their workplaces. For an industry that thrives on disruption, this might be its most disruptive move yet.

Part of what makes the move to remote work so remarkable is that the technology industry has resisted it for so long. From the midcentury-modern palaces to the playful campuses of today’s tech giants, the industry has invested heavily in the idea that “knowledge work” depends on carefully designed office environments.