Podcasting platform Breaker said Monday that its team is becoming part of Twitter to apply its expertise to the audio experience of one-to-many messaging services.
The financial terms of the acquisition of the person behind the four-year-old Breaker in San Francisco have not been disclosed.
Breaker co-founder Leah Culver said in a tweet: “I’m joining Twitter to help build @TwitterSpaces.”
“Although I will miss @breaker very much, I am very happy to help create the future of audio conversation.”
Breaker co-founder Erik Berlin announced the acquisition in a blog post and said that he and Culver will help create new experiences for users on Twitter.
Berlin said: “At Breaker, we are passionate about audio communications and are inspired by the way Twitter promotes public conversations among people around the world.”
Michael Montano, head of the Twitter engineering team, confirmed the alliance and said in a tweet that Culver, Berlin and Breaker designer Emma Lundin have also joined the company.
“I am very happy to work with the Breaker team,” Montano tweeted From his verification account.
The Breaker app for smartphones powered by Android software supported by Apple or Google enables users to find and listen to podcasts.
Berlin said: “When we launched Breaker, the podcast app was a productivity app, similar to a feed reader and task list.”
“Breaker added a social community element, such as likes and comments on episodes.”
Breaker will shut down its platform on January 15th, giving users time to move podcasts and subscriptions to a new forum for listening.
Twitter recently started letting a “small” group of users create Spaces, describing it as “an online place built around the voices of people using Twitter.”
A blog post about the project stated that up to 10 people can be invited to speak on Twitter, and there is no limit to the number of people who can only listen.
Twitter said in the post: “This is your space for sharing thoughts, sending emojis, etc.”
“We will expand the list of people who can create space over time.”
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