A group of tech giants is teaming up to buy Skype, the messaging service used by millions of people around the world.
The announcement comes after Twitter’s stock fell nearly 12% on Tuesday after the company said it was considering an acquisition of the service.
Twitter has long been the go-to platform for people with a penchant for sharing photos, videos and news.
Twitter shares fell nearly 13% on Wednesday.
The $22.7 billion acquisition, which includes the sale of more than 2,000 Skype jobs, will allow Twitter to bolster its presence in the growing business of video conferencing, a major new market for the social network, said CEO Dick Costolo.
The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the year, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Twitter said in its announcement that it will keep Skype open, but the company is seeking to raise $3 billion to help finance the deal.
Costolo declined to comment on the timing of the deal, which he described as a “top priority” for the company.
Twitter shares are up nearly 30% this year.
Twitter has been working with Skype since its acquisition of VoIP company Jabber in 2011.
The deal is expected bring more than 500 jobs to Seattle, the company added.
The news comes on the heels of a recent flurry of Twitter’s announcements, including the acquisition of video streaming service Twitch, a move that is expected, along with a broader effort to boost the company’s reach, according a person with knowledge of the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the company has not disclosed the terms of the agreement.
The company also announced a new product for consumers, the “social bookmarking service,” and a new business called “Skype For Business.”
The announcement came on the same day that Twitter’s board voted to expand its board of directors to nine members.
Twitter was founded in 2004 and has been growing rapidly since then.
Last year, the social networking giant reported revenue of $9.3 billion, up 10% from the previous year.
Its stock is up more than 60% in 2017.
Twitter recently posted a $50 million quarterly dividend.
The social network’s stock has risen nearly 30%, or more than $2 billion, since Twitter announced the purchase of Skype in October.
The deal comes amid a major wave of consumer spending that has driven Twitter’s value to more than double in 2017 to $34.5 billion.
Twitter’s stock price has surged more than 70% since it was traded in 2016.