Twitter today acquired crash-reporting tool Crashlytics. Numerous companies use Crashlytics to find out when their apps crash on consumer devices, as well as what the root cause of it was.
The apps currently using the service are Twitter, Vine, Yelp, Kayak, TaskRabbit, Walmart, Groupon and Waze, the team says. This is a pretty big group of iOS heavyweights and it will be interesting to see how those relationships progress now that the team is a part of the “flock.” The team won’t be moving from its Cambridge location to San Francisco and things will run as usual. We’re not sure of exactly how many members of the team there are, but we’ve learned that it’s not necessarily a tiny operation.
The relationship has been brewing ever since the company launched last year. The company has raised $6 million since then, coming from firms such as Baseline Ventures and Flybridge Capital Partners, as well as seed investors like David Chang, Jennifer Lum and Lars Albright. Since Crashlytics has an enterprise solution, this means new revenue models and avenues for Twitter, which is never a bad thing…especially when a company is thinking about going public.
Here’s what the Crashlytics co-founders, Jeff Seibert and Wayne Chang, had to say on their blog today:
With today’s announcement, much will remain the same. Development of Crashlytics will continue unabated and we remain dedicated to working with all of our customers – current and new, big and small – to deliver the key app performance insights they need.
Going forward, we’re thrilled to work with the incredible team at Twitter. We share a passion for innovating on mobile and building world-class applications. Joining forces will accelerate our build-out, allowing us to leverage Twitter’s infrastructure to deliver new features faster than ever.
On a more personal note, it’s an honor to work with the entire Crashlytics team – the best group we’ve ever been a part of – and we couldn’t be more excited to continue doing so.
Since Twitter is a platform that many apps rely upon for distribution, it makes a bit of sense that the company will be in good hands. Twitter’s only confirmation has been a tweet from its comms team:
Twitter Comms (@twittercomms) January 28, 2013
Here’s a look at what the dashboard looks like for developers, and if you’ve ever seen singular crash reports, you know how difficult they are to read in aggregate:
This acquisition might be a tip off that Twitter is looking to do even more in the mobile space beyond launching Vine.
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