Twitter’s 7 acquisitions in 2021 show its ambition to move beyond the live feed

Twitter went through a major overhaul in 2021. It wasn’t as dramatic as Facebook changing its name to Meta, but there’s a long list of things it did: swapping out its CEO, introducing new communicationfeatures, and trying to be dev-friendly again.

Apart from this, the company acquired at least seven startups this year — the most in the last five years. These firms can be key to how Twitter will shape up as a social network in the next year.

Before we take a look at how the acquired startups will play a role in Twitter’s growth, let’s see what they do.

What startups has Twitter acquired this year?

  • Breaker: A social podcasting app for discovering podcasts by following people. You could also comment and like specific episodes to strike up a conversation with fellow fans. Instead of buying the app, it acquired Breaker’s staff.