Twitter has bought the start-up company Cloudhopper, bagging their SMS infrastructure and specialists.
The move will be a boon for Twitter’s text messaging service. Twitter has always worn it’s SMS roots on its sleeve, with the 140 character limit a direct refelection of this.
“Over the last eight months we have been working with a startup called Cloudhopper to become one of the highest volume SMS programs in the world – Twitter processes close to a billion SMS tweets per month and that number is growing around the world from Indonesia to Australia, the UK, the US, and beyond,” said Kevin Thau, mobile products and partnerships for Twitter on the service’s blog.
“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.”