Twitter has been working with messaging-infrastructure start-up Cloudhopper for eight months, and the microblogging service was apparently happy with what it saw, as director of mobile products and partnerships Kevin Thau announced on the Twitter Blog that Twitter acquired Cloudhopper.
From Thau’s post:
Twitter was inspired by SMS, and we continue to embrace this simple but ubiquitous technology. In fact, Twitter’s 140-character limit was designed specifically to allow for any tweet to be read in its entirety whether you’re using a rudimentary mobile phone or a more sophisticated Internet-enabled device.
Over the past eight months, we have been working with a start-up called Cloudhopper to become one of the highest-volume SMS programs in the world — Twitter processes close to 1 billion SMS Tweets per month, and that number is growing around the world from Indonesia to Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and beyond.
To help us further grow and scale our SMS service, we are happy to announce the acquisition of Cloudhopper, a messaging-infrastructure company that enables Twitter to connect directly to mobile carrier networks in countries all over the planet. Please join us in welcoming both Joe (Joe Lauer) and Kristin (Kristin Kanaar) to Twitter’s mobile team.