Seesmic Inc., San Francisco-based provider of online video chat solutions, has acquired Twhirl, which claims to be the top Twitter client with 100,000 downloads. No financial terms were disclosed. Seesmic recently raised $6 million in Series A funding from Atomico, Mike Arrington, Dave Winer, Martin Varsavsky, Ron Conway, Steve Garfield, Mark Pincus, Jeff Clavier, Jeff Pulver and Steve Case.
Today Seesmic (www.seesmic.com), the enabler of video conversations, announced thatit has acquired Twhirl (www.twhirl.org), the number one Twitter client. Twhirl, which has been downloaded 100,00 times, has quickly become the most popular way to connect with Twitter, Pownce and Jaiku, representing more than 7% of all Tweets posted daily.
With this acquisition, users of Seesmic, Twhirl and Twitter soon will be able to start video conversations straight from their desktops, without going to a browser. The leading desktop client for the Twitter microblogging service, Twhirl offers many of the features available on Twitter's website such as conversation replies and direct messages.
“With Seesmic support in Twhirl, people will be able to join the video conversation constantly and easily straight from their desktops,” said Loic Le Meur, Founder and CEO of Seesmic. “Our acquisition of Twhirl is a part of our overall effort to make video conversations easy and accessible anywhere.”
Marco Kaiser, Creator of Twhirl added: “Seesmic has built one of the most loyal and enthusiastic communities anywhere on the Web, they really understand what makes community work. This acquisition is great news for the Twhirl community, as they will soon have the ability to also participate in video conversations and enrich their Twitter experience even more.”
In line with Seesmic's ethos “For the Community; By the Community”, integration of Twhirl with Seesmic will be done in collaboration with the Twhirl community; with Seesmic becoming an option within the Twhirl application. Marco will become a full-time member of the Seesmic team and will continue to innovate and add features to Twhirl. The service will remain completely free. The acquisition is effective immediately. Other terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.
Seesmic brings online conversation to life through video. Straight from their webcams, Seesmic enables users to easily post videos of their thoughts and ideas and participate in video conversations with the world.
Founded by Loic Le Meur