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Former Vice President Al Gore Tried To Buy Twitter

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Al Gore is fond of Twitter. So much so, that he apparently tried to buy the social networking site back in 2009.

The Blaze reports that a new book entitled “Hatching Twitter” and authored by The New York Times’ Nick Bilton, alleges that the former vice president of the U.S. got drunk in a San Francisco hotel with Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and offered to purchase the company.

Obviously, Gore wasn’t successful in his attempted acquisition, but he did admit that he tried to purchase Twitter during an interview with Bloomberg TV.

"I'm very bullish on Twitter, it's become a global utility, it's a great business" Gore told Bloomberg TV, according to Business Insider.

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Bilton also reported that Facebook tried to buy the company, and that CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally met with Twitter executives, according to CNN.

The company didn’t get sold and, as Business Insider reports, Twitter filed for an IPO this year that could be worth $20 billion.

CNN notes that even though the company is quickly growing its user base and ad sales, it is not yet profitable.

Gore, who sold Current TV to Qatar's Al Jazeera for $500 million, still has strong presence in tech. He serves as a director on the Apple board.

Sources: The Blaze, CNN, Business Insider