One of the nice things about Twitter is that firms on the site often share titbits of information about what they are up to, to help keep customers, partners and other 'interested parties' updated on their comings and goings.
It was with interest, then, that V3 spied a tweet by Intel UK that showed several employees, including its chief technology officer Justin Rattner, posing outside Number 10 Downing Street this morning.
Interested to know what Intel was doing at such a venue, V3 contacted the firm and, after a couple of hours, was sent a fairly vague statement claiming there was nothing unusual about the meeting, but that all discussions held were strictly off limits.
"With regards to Justin Rattner's visit to Number 10 this morning, as with all major companies, Intel has regular catch-ups with Downing St," Intel said.
"The subject of these conversations is always confidential; we will obviously announce anything significant as and when appropriate."
V3 wondered why, if you were so chummy with the folks at Number 10, would you post a picture advertising your presence there. That's when things got really interesting: on returning to Twitter to look at the picture once more, we noticed that, shock, it was gone.
Sadly, not expecting Intel to pull a fast one in this manner, none of the team in the V3 office had managed to grab a screenshot of the Intel folk outside Number 10.
So the firm is happy to admit the meeting took place, but leaving a picture on Twitter showing staff outside the venue was deemed too much?
This suggests the picture should never have been put online and was removed when questions from the press raised the alarm – creating yet more intrigue into what the meeting with the government was about.
Hopefully Intel will come clean in the future and explain what it was doing inside that illustrious residency – perhaps, as one colleague quipped, they were busy implanting a new chip inside Cameron.
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