Hootware, the web application development company that focuses on Twitter based tools has (as of April 1st 2010) been aquired by Twitter Inc.
As Twitters API platform is quickly expanding they felt the need to started hunting around for developers and innovators who have used Twitter for tools other than just sending and reading tweets. They saw Hootware and the tools we have created such as:
- And the soon to be launched HootRoads
These tools, though some of them use the API in a straight forward way, most of them like HootRoads use the geographical and additional metadata to create innovative tools and applications.
Therefore Twitter have decided to aquire Hootware to not only bring new ideas and tools, but to also start a new team that will head up the “Twitter Web Application Tab” or TWAT for short, an area of Twitter.com that will showcase the best applications and offical apps developed by Twitter. TWAT will be accessible in the form of a new section on the Twitter.com home page and will go live at the end of the first day of the Chirp developer conference.
Hootware will still exist and new applications will continue to be developed, but will be placed in the TWAT. An official post will be put on the Twitter blog. But until then I have a quote from Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter Inc.
Feel free to place your comments and questions below and I, or any of the Twitter team that are available will answer them.
Update: Incase you are reading this after midday or not on April the 1st… This was an April fool!