Twitter turns a profit for 2009

Microsoft and Google deals put micro-blogging service in the black.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.


Twitter will make a small profit in 2009 after signing two major search deals with Google and Microsoft, a source close to the company has said.

The two deals will see Twitter become searchable with the Google agreement worth US $15 million and the tie-up with Microsoft’s Bing search engine valued at $10 million.

“The deals were huge,” the source told Business Week. “With two scoops of the pen a lot of revenue came in.”

According to the source, Twitter has also renegotiated its arrangements with telecommunication companies in an effort to reduce costs. The company has been looking for a way to turn a profit since its launch in 2006, floating ideas such as premium business accounts for companies to use for marketing.

A number of wildly popular social networking sites including Facebook, have struggled to find a route to profitability despite frequently bloated company valuations.

In September 2009, Twitter raised $100 million in funding achieving a valuation of $1 billion in the process.

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