Twitter acquires Sphere: a group chat app

Sphere group chat app

Sphere group chat app


Twitter has acquired London-based Sphere, which operates an eponymous groups chat app, the latest in a series of recent moves from the social network as it looks to aggressively broaden and improve its product offerings.


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Sphere — founded by Tomas Halgas and Nick D’Aloisio, who previously founded news summary app Summly, which he famously sold to Yahoo at the age of 17 for a reported $30 million — did not disclose the financial details of the deal. The startup had reportedly raised at least $30 million — including $11.8 million in the first two rounds that TechCrunch first reported.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the Sphere acquisition news to TechCrunch.

Much like others, we’ve been watching and admiring Twitter’s growing investment in community-building with the release of Communities, Spaces, and features that promote safety

When we met the team, we were even more impressed by how seriously they are pursuing interest-based community and how much they believe in its potential impact.

Sphere said as part of the move, which will see its headcount of about 20 join Twitter, the startup will be winding down the standalone app next month. The startup didn’t disclose the number of users or customers it had amassed.

The move comes as Twitter has visibly become more aggressive to expand its product offerings in recent quarters. The firm, which attempted to acquire Clubhouseintroduced a similar feature this year and more recently has taken several steps to curb unruly discourse on its platform.

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