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A History Of Twitter’s Acquisitions

Over the past six years, Twitter has acquired no less than 19 companies. Some acquisitions, like TweetDeck, made a huge splash in the Twitter-related news-sphere, while others were more quietly done.

Here’s a look at Twitter’s acquisition history from 2008 to today.

Kin Lane (@KinLane) of API Voice put together a list of all of Twitter’s acquisitions on his blog while researching the company.

Although it was founded in 2006, Twitter didn’t make its first acquisition until 2008, two years later.

This first acquisition was Summize, a search engine that Twitter turned into what we now know as search.twitter.com. That same year Twitter acquired Values of n, a social software development company.

Twitter acquired five more companies between 2009 and the end of 2010, including the Tweetie client for iOS and Mac which is now the official Twitter for Mac app.

In early 2011 Twitter made one of its biggest acquisitions – TweetDeck. And sources at the time speculated that the company paid around $50 million for the service.

Along with TweetDeck, Twitter bought six companies in 2011.

2012 is shaping up to be even bigger for Twitter. The company has already undertaken 6 acquisitions this year – including Summify, Posterous and, most recently, Nclud – and we’re only about halfway through.

You can check out the full list of of Twitter’s acquisitions at APIVoice.

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