Facebook may be the one that snapped up Instagram for $1 billion but they were definitely not the only ones interested in the company.
Twitter “expressed interest” in purchasing Instagram just a few months ago, according to the New York Times.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was an early backer of Instagram, and invested in the service in February 2011. He was also a part of the beta of Instagram and tweeted pictures using the service before it was available to the public, adding buzz around the app’s release.
His Instagram stream has gone silent since Facebook acquired the app.
In the Timeline post announcing the acquisition Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated that the company plans to continue to develop Instagram as an independent service and will continue to support sharing Instagram photos on other social networks — including Twitter.
“For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family.” Zuckerberg said in the announcement. “Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.”