Gnip

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Gnip, Inc.
Founded 2008
Headquarters Boulder, Colorado, USA
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Jud Valeski and Eric Marcoullier
Industry Social Media API Aggregation
Available in English

Gnip, Inc. is a social media API aggregation company. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, it provides data from dozens of social media websites via one API. Having been dubbed the "Grand Central Station for the Social Web" shortly after launch,[1] Gnip's offering was among the first products available for social media API aggregation.

Gnip is known as an early influencer in building the real-time web.[1] The company has also been instrumental in defining relevant web standards: Gnip notably discontinued support for XMPP/Jabber [2] and Gnip's co-founder Eric Marcoullier actively advocates adoption of open web standards and has been involved in defining the newly emerging Activity Streams (format) for web data.

Following on from the 2010 partnership agreement between Twitter and Gnip, Twitter purchased Gnip in April 2014.[3]

History[edit]

Gnip was founded by Jud Valeski and Eric Marcoullier with an initial investment of $1 million.[4] The company was based on the premise that it's tedious and time-consuming to collect data from various APIs simultaneously and was dubbed the "Grand Central Station for the Social Web" shortly after launch.[1] Although the company launched with just a few basic features such as notifications,[5] the product was designed to act as an intermediary to simplify the collection of social media data.[6] The company used the tagline "making data portability suck less." [7]

By the end of 2008, Gnip had raised $3.5 million in Series B funding from investors such as the Foundry Group and First Round Capital.[8][9] The service was used for projects like collecting huge volumes of data for analyzing Twitter clients.[10]

In 2009, Gnip launched a Push API.[11] In September, Gnip underwent a significant product overhaul accompanied by an internal restructuring of resources.[12]

In 2010, Gnip launched their new and revised social media data collection product out of beta [13] and released a manual describing the use cases and significance of the Twitter Streaming API, which garnered considerable attention in the industry.[14] Today Gnip's sources include Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Google Buzz, Vimeo, and others.[15]

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