Twitter Acquires Atebits, Twitter for iPhone Is Here
Twitter has been busy lately it seems. Less than 12 hours after announcing the release of the official Twitter for BlackBerry app, they have announced the acquisition of Atebits, the company behind Tweetie for iPhone and Mac. In the post I made earlier covering Twitter for BlackBerry, I questioned whether the next logical move would be official clients for iPhone and Android. It seems that question has been answered – at least partly.
The acquisition of Atebits by Twitter is the third acquisition that the company has made. Twitter previously acquired Summize for search and Mixer Labs which helped build their current location based services.
According to the Twitter blog post:
“We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Loren will become a key member of our mobile team that is already having huge impact with device makers and service providers around the world. Loren’s work won the 2009 Apple Design Award and we will eventually launch Twitter for iPad with his help.”
Congrats to Loren for all his hard work. I hope to see Twitter (Tweetie) for iPhone and Mac continue to become even better.