He may not have invented the Internet, but former Vice President Al Gore reportedly made a move four years ago to take over one of the Web's largest success stories: Twitter.
It all happened back in 2009, when the microblogging site was really starting to take off and was attracting interest from notables ranging from the Dalai Lama, to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to Justin Bieber.
According to an excerpt from Nick Bilton's forthcoming history of the company, "Hatching Twitter," published in this week's edition of the New York Times magazine, the company's dance card was all but overflowing at the time. Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly approached co-founder Ev Williams over dinner to talk about a possible buyout, and even Facebook (FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg made a move to acquire the upstart company.
But it was Al Gore who pulled out all the stops.
"By that point," Bilton wrote, "Williams was regularly turning down overtures to buy the company. Al Gore pitchedRead More »from About That Time Al Gore Tried to Buy Twitter