Twitter is the most popular online social networking and microblogging platform which enables the users to send and read tweets, in which the text is limited to 140 characters. Twitter is founded by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams in June 2006 and based in San Francisco. It has gained worldwide popularity rapidly with more than 500 million users as of 2014 out of which more than 271 million are active users. Twitter has acquired nearly 35 startups and below is the list of best startups acquired by Twitter.
Mitro is the password manager software for individuals and teams which securely saves your login, passwords and allows the users to log in and share access. Mitro was founded in 2012 by Vijay Pandurangan, Even Jones and Adam Hilss and it is backed by $1.2 million in seed funding from Google ventures and Matrix Partners. Mitro team on July 2014 announced that they will join Twitter and at same time, they release source code for Mitro on GitHub as free software GPL.
2. Namo media
Namo Media is the technology startup providing in-stream advertisements for mobile applications. It was founded by former Google employees Nassar Stoertz, Gabor Ceslle and Tural Badirkhanli and raised $1.9 million seed funding from the investors such as Google Ventures, Betaworks and Andreeesen Horowitz and based in San Francisco, California. Twitter has acquired Namo Media in June 2014 for $50 million-$100 million.
Gnip Inc is the social media API aggregation company which provides data from dozens of social media websites through one API. It was founded by Jud Valeski and Eric Marcoullier with an initial investment of $1 million and headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Gnip has raised $3.5 million in Series B funding from investors such as First Round capital and Foundry group. Gnip is acquired by Twitter on April 2014, however particulars of the deal were not disclosed.
Bluefin Labs is the social TV analytics company which uses publicly available social media commentary from Facebook, Twitter and blogs to measure viewer engagement with the television views and ads at scale. It is founded by Micheal Fleischman and Deb Roy in 2008. headquartered in Cambridge, Massachussets. It has been acquired by Twitter for $80 million on February 2013.
Trendrr is the New-York based digital and the social media business intelligence platform founded in 2007 headquartered in New York city. Trendrr lets the users to identify volume, sentiment, location, influences and demographics around their product and brand. Twitter has acquired Trendrr on August 28, 2014.
Vine is the short form of video sharing service and founded by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll in June 2012. It allows the users to record and edit five to six second long looping video clips and revine. Vine app is currently available for almost all operating systems such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Vine was acquired by Twitter in October 2012 for $30 million.
Posterous is the simple blogging platform started its operations in May 2008 funded by Y Combinator and headquartered in San Francisco. Twitter has acquired Posterous on March 12, 2012 and then it agreed to shut down in March 12, 2012. In August, posterous launched PicPosterous, an iPhone application for quickly posting the photos to the posterous page.
Dasient is an internet security company founded in 2008 and launched its first product in 2009. It provides the cloud-based anti-malware services for protecting the businesses against the web based malware and malvertising. It uses the dynamic, behavioral based engine based on sophisticated algorithms and anomaly detection technology. It was acquired by Twitter in January 2012.
Summify is the social news aggregator service founded by Cristian Strat and Mircea Pasoi who are two former Google and Microsoft interns. The service emails its users a periodic summary of the news articles shared from their social networks based on the relevance and importance. It has been by Twitter on January 2012.
10. Whisper Systems
Whisper System is a software services company which produces security and privacy software for mobile phones. It was founded by security researcher Moxie Malinspike and Stuart Anderson in 2010 and headquartered at SanFrancisco, California. Twitter has acquired this company in November 2011 for an undisclosed amount and after acquisition some of the whisper systems made available free and open source licences. The project for the continued work on said software was named Open WhisperSystems.