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Quill shuts shop after Twitter acquisition

Twitter just made an acquisition that might represent what the company might be looking to develop further. Quill is a business-focused messaging program, much like Slack. While the exact terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, Quill isn’t coming out of the acquisition alive.

Quill has given its users until 1 pm (PST) on December 11 to export message history as the platform will be turning off their servers and deleting all user data. Active teams will get full refunds on their purchases. 

“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,” Quill announced on Tuesday.

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Better messaging coming for Twitter?

Users can export their team’s messages and import them to Slack using the company’s Python script. Something to keep in mind is that not all data can be imported into Slack, and each thread will become its own channel, and there’s no support for quoted messages.

The export will also not contain any messages sent in private DMs, groups or channels. Any public messages, however, will be included. So whether or not users have exported their data, it’ll all be gone by December 11. 

Quill had managed to raise around $16 million from a clutch of investors including Index Ventures, General Catalyst and Sam Altman since its launch in February this year. The company was founded by Ludwig Pettersson, former creative director of Stripe, who’ll now be taking on a role as a Product Manager reporting to the Conversations team under Oji Udezue, as reported by TechCrunch.

Twitter’s DMs are currently quite rudimentary in their functionality. With the latest acquisition, it seems like their DMs might just be getting an overhaul. Quill’s team will be working in Twitter’s Experience Organisation on messaging tools, specifically direct messages. 

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