Since Automattic was founded in 2005, it has acquired several businesses, services, products, and people. In August, the company will be 10 years old and I thought it would be interesting to see if the acquisitions the company has made are still around. The list is organized from earliest to latest. Gravatar stands for globally recognized avatar and is an image that follows you around on the web. This eliminates the hassle of maintaining a visual identity across multiple communities. In 2014, what was supposed to be a Gravatar mobile app, morphed into a Selfies app for Android. Although Gravatar is supported in a number of applications, I think there’s still a lot of work to do before it becomes a globally recognized image. Gravatar was created by Tom Werner and acquired in 2007. BuddyPress Acqui-hire was conceived in 2008 by Andy Peatling and started out as a set of plugins to add social networking features to WordPress MU (multi-user). In March of 2008, Peatling was acqui-hired by Automattic and joined the company as an employee. Peatling is not as active in BuddyPress core development, but thanks to John James Jacoby and the community surrounding it, it’s still an actively developed
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