Twitter Has Announced the Acquisition of Quill, Which Will Result in Significant Changes to Twitter Direct Messages
Tweets will be able to compete more effectively with other messaging apps thanks to the acquisition of Quill by Twitter. Quill is a messaging tool for teams that competed with Slack and other productivity messaging systems. It was meant to limit notifications to a minimum and to keep messages structured.
We started Quill with the goal of increasing the quality of human communication. We believe the tools we use to communicate today are not the best they can be. Together with Twitter, we will continue to pursue our original goal — to make online communication more thoughtful, and more effective, for everyone.
Quill will be shutting down, but its spirit and ideas will continue on. You’ll be able to export your team message history until 1pm PST, Saturday, December 11th 2021, when we will be turning off our servers and deleting all data. For all active teams, we’re issuing full refunds.
We’d like to thank everybody who has used Quill — if you came on board during our beta, or if you just sent your first message last week. We can’t wait to show you what we’ll be working on next.
In light of this information, we wouldn’t be surprised if Twitter began to offer more robust messaging options.
Like Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and Discord, Twitter’s DM is a stripped-down version of other messaging apps, such as Telegram and WhatsApp. By making this change, Twitter is signaling its aim to grow beyond a microblogging service, following the recent departure of its former CEO and the reorganization of its top ranks.
Excited to share that today we’re welcoming @QuillChat to Twitter! 👋🏿👋🏿🪶🪶
— Nick Caldwell⚡ (@nickcald) December 7, 2021
With the use of messaging channels, Twitter might keep up with big groups of users more effectively. For users with a large number of followers, Twitter Blue (Twitter’s premium paid-subscription tier) may enable Blue-only chat options.
For the time being, it’s unlikely that any substantial changes will take place on Twitter.