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  • Gerrit Eicker 08:54 on 10. April 2010 Permalink
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    Twitter Acquires Tweetie 

    Twitter acquired Atebits (Loren Brichter): its leading iPhone Twitter client Tweetie to be serious; http://j.mp/a5R7c8

    • Gerrit Eicker 08:58 on 10. April 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Twitter: “We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Loren will become a key member of our mobile team that is already having huge impact with device makers and service providers around the world. Loren’s work won the 2009 Apple Design Award and we will eventually launch Twitter for iPad with his help.”

      Brichter: “Once upon a time I wanted a better Twitter app for my iPhone, so I wrote one. My goal was to make something simple, beautiful, and intuitive. It’s been a wild ride since 1.0, and over the last year and a half Tweetie has gone from a no-name app from a little known software company to an app hailed as one of the best mobile experiences around. It’s been featured in TIME and Wired, won the Apple Design Award, and I’ve had the privilege of working with the folks at Twitter from the outside as their service evolved. – Now I’ll be working with them on the inside. I’m happy to say that as of today Twitter is the proud owner of Tweetie – and I’m joining their mobile team and starting work on turning Tweetie.app into Twitter.app, for iPhone and iPad.

      pC: “In a move that will strike fear in the hearts of every Twitter client companies out there, the company Twitter has made its first client acquisition, though a focused one: it has acquired Tweetie, one of the most popular iPhone Twitter clients, according to a company blog post late Friday evening. Here’s the slightly thin rationale of why it bought one: ‘Careful analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes AppStore revealed massive room for improvement. People are looking for an app from Twitter, and they’re not finding one. So, they get confused and give up. It’s important that we optimize for user benefit and create an awesome experience.‘ I use Ecofon and pretty satisfied with it; others I know use Tweetdeck for it and have also had generally good reviews for it.”

      VB: “So there’s a big question – will new developers want to come and build on top of Twitter’s APIs knowing a) that there is no killer revenue model yet and b) there’s a very real possibility that Twitter might come their way, pick off the best of the bunch and leave the rest out in the cold?

      RWW: “People are saying that the acquisition of Tweetie by Twitter is bad news for the ecosystem of 3rd party developers that made Twitter so much more useful for millions of people. In truth though, those odds were pretty good for all of them. Tonight’s news demonstrates again that independent developers can code their way into cash, equity and a job at one of the hottest startups on the web. That bodes well for those of us who love to use the software built by all of them, too.”

      TC: “It’s a move that manages to be both jarring and unsurprising at the same time. Unsurprising, because Twitter investor Fred Wilson recently wrote that Twitter developers needed to stop ‘filling holes’ in Twitter’s product and instead build entirely separate businesses. And just this morning, Twitter launched an official Twitter for BlackBerry application, so another mobile application shouldn’t come as much of a shock. And yet, the iPhone is a platform where Twitter has a very strong third party presence, and Twitter has no doubt been benefiting from the contributions of these developers. Tweetie is extremely polished and is arguably the best, but there are plenty of other quality applications that are getting hung out to dry. Still, a move like this seemed inevitable.

      ATD: “All that said, I’m not totally convinced that Wilson meant to use his post as a buy/build roadmap. To me, it reads a bit like someone trying to win a debate – perhaps with Twitter’s founders – about the best way to run the company going forward. And I have a feeling we’ll be coming back to this idea over the next few days.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 08:32 on 21. January 2010 Permalink
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    140 Proof 

    New Twitter advertising concept: 140 Proof bypasses Twitter, allows Twitter clients to sell space; http://j.mp/604T5y

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