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Business journalists at the Twitter road show

October 30, 2013

Posted by Chris Roush

Mariah Summers and Matthew Zeitlin of BuzzFeed write about the business journalism presence at the Twitter road show presentation in New York on Wednesday.

Summers and Zeitlin write, “One hotel employee told BuzzFeed that Twitter executives and the company’s bankers planned to be at the Mandarin until 5 p.m. And though this employee said some attendees had already arrived, the 36th floor where the presentation was supposed to take place was still and empty. A coffee bar sat undisturbed. The only clue that anything was going on were printed signs telling A–M to go left and N–Z to go right.

“We weren’t on the 36th floor for long, however. A blonde woman sitting behind a desk with a laptop spotted us and, after informing her that we were there for the roadshow, demanded that we leave immediately.

“‘You can’t be here!’ she shouted while calling for security.

“Security arrived and, along with the Twitter representative, escorted us to the elevator, where two much larger members of the hotel’s security staff appeared to assist with our ejection.

“Later on, as the lunchtime presentation drew nearer and the crowded swelled, the security increased proportionally. No fewer than five security guards worked the lobby — three at the door, one in front of the elevator, and one in front of the hall leading to the fitness center. A gaggle of reporters from other outlets — The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters — sat around in comfortable-looking chairs.”

Read more here.

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