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Twitter is making money now, so it’s going to start hiring more people

Twitter plans to grow its workforce 10 percent to 15 percent this year.

The @twitter sign outside the company’s building on Market Street in San Francisco Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Twitter makes money now — last quarter, it reported profits of $61 million.

So it’s not a total surprise that Twitter is also starting to hire again after a few years of shrinking headcount. On the company’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday, executives said the plan is to grow Twitter’s workforce by 10 percent to 15 percent in 2018.

That means that Twitter could reach 3,800 employees at the end of this year, the most it’s had since fall 2016, right before company-wide layoffs and other downsizing efforts, like closing Vine and selling off its developer products. (Twitter also cut staff in the fall of 2015.) More employees isn’t always better, but it’s usually a healthy sign if companies are looking to grow.

So where is Twitter hiring? Sounds like almost everywhere.

“We think about four areas where we will grow headcount aggressively this year,” CFO Ned Segal said on the call. “Improving the health of the platform would be one. Driving audience and engagement would be another. Improving revenue products is the third. And then ongoing investments in sales.”

A little extra context: Google’s parent company Alphabet added more than 5,000 employees last quarter alone — more people than Twitter’s whole staff. So Twitter is still very small when compared to Silicon Valley’s tech giants.

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