Twitter has entered into an agreement with Atebits to acquire Tweetie, an iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Founder, Loren Brichter will become a key member of Twitter’s mobile team.
The Twitter Blog reports, “careful analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes AppStore revealed massive room for improvement. People are looking for an app from Twitter and they’re not finding one. So, they get confused and give up. It’s important that we optimize for user benefit and create an awesome experience.”
Aprox. Value: Undisclosed
ACQ Web: http://www.twitter.com
Other Web Links: Twitter Blog, @Twitter
Location: USA, San Francisco, CA
Region: North America
Description: Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People write short updates, often called “tweets” of 140 characters or fewer. These messages are posted to your profile or your blog, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search.
Category: Social Network, Blog
Contact 1: Jack Dorsey, Founder and Chairman
Contact 2: Evan Williams, Founder and CEO
Contact 3: Biz Stone, Founder and Creative Director
Contact 4: Ali Rowghani, CFO
Contact 5: Dick Costolo, COO
Vendor Web: http://www.atebits.com
Business Sold: Tweetie
Description: iPhone Twitter client.
Category: Social Networks, Software
Contact: Loren Brichter, Founder