Twitter has acquired another dotcom – this time business-oriented, low-distraction text/audio/video chat service Quill.chat. Neither company said how much cash changed hands.
If you did use it and have anything you want to keep, you’d better be fast to grab your history – Quill said yesterday that customers only have two days to export their data. At 1pm on Saturday 11 December, it’s shutting down its servers and deleting everything. All part of the fun of PaaS and cloud computing.
To be honest, we are are losing count, but the deal looks to be Twitter’s 66th acquisition so far and the fifth of 2021. As of October, Twitter had spent about £750m buying other companies. It doesn’t seem to have a lot to show for it; with the exception of Tweetdeck, most are never seen or heard of again.
Quill billed itself as a less distracting, more focused and structured alternative to Slack – which itself has dozens of would-be competitors. Notable FOSS ones include Rocket.chat, Mattermost, and Zulip.