Twitter and Quill are announcing a new acquisition that will let Twitter DMs better compete with other messaging apps. Quill is a messaging app for collaboration and communication with teams, one that competed with other productivity messaging platforms like Slack. It focused on keeping messages organized and its notification system was designed to keep notifications to a minimum.
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.
With this news, we wouldn’t be surprised if Twitter began offering more robust messaging features.
Twitter DM is simple and barebones compared to other messaging platforms like Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Discord, and Telegram. The move solidifies Twitter’s new direction with the shuffling around of executives after the recent departure of the company’s former CEO and Twitter’s intention to expand beyond a micro-blogging site.
Excited to share that today we’re welcoming @QuillChat to Twitter! 👋🏿👋🏿🪶🪶
— Nick Caldwell🔪🧼 (@nickcald) December 7, 2021
Twitter could implement some sort of messaging channels for keeping in touch with large communities of users. With Twitter Blue (Twitter’s premium paid-subscription tier), the platform could offer Blue-only messaging features for users with high follower counts.
This announcement news is still fresh, so it will be a long while before we can expect to see major changes to Twitter.