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Facebook tried to buy Twitter in 2008

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 03 Jan 2011 12:26 User comments (4)

Facebook tried to buy Twitter in 2008 According to the Financial Times, social networking giant Facebook tried to purchase microblogging site Twitter in 2008 for $500 million, but was rejected.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone says he wanted the service to become "a viable business" rather than have it taken over by a larger company.

"We've created something that people are finding value in," added Stone. "But we haven't yet created a business out of this, and we really wanted to do that."

In 2008, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg offered $500 million in private Facebook shares for the company but Twitter founders Stone, Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey each agreed that Facebook offered nothing that they wanted.

The microblogging site has 175 million registered users. 95 million tweets are sent daily.

Twitter has been valued at over $3 billion in recent fund-raising sessions despite never making one cent of profit.

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4 user comments

13.1.2011 02:47

I would sell it

23.1.2011 08:02

What? Only $3 billion for a thing that gives no profit?

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33.1.2011 10:37

Facebook offered nothing that they wanted.

Tru Dat, Only thing Facebook is good for is Trollin'.
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43.1.2011 13:57

Facebook basically wants to own your social life. Zuckerburg wants to own all your social interaction.

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