Twitter announced today that it has acquired the Smallthought Systems, creators of Dabble DB. Twitter’s Kevin Weil writes:
Up until about a year ago, we used an online database called Dabble DB to track and share information about our projects internally. While we’ve since moved that project management tool in-house, we maintain a relationship with Dabble DB’s creators, Smallthought Systems. When Smallthought launched Trendly, a tool that helps web sites distinguish signal from noise in their Google Analytics data, we were among the first to try it. And, as Twitter is the world’s largest Ruby on Rails-based web service, we are impressed with their frequent contributions to the Ruby and Smalltalk development communities.
The team behind Smallthought will be integrated into Twitter’s own Analytics team. Smallthought has a post on the Dabble DB blog talking about what will become of that. Smallthought’s Andrew Catton says:
We’d like to assure you that, for now, we will continue to provide our software and technical support to current Dabble DB customers. However, we will be disabling new account signups effective immediately.
There will be further changes to Dabble’s ongoing operations, and when those happen, we want to do right by you. We will provide you with 60 days advance notice of any major change. We will do whatever we need to do to make sure that, at any time, you can export all of your data, including attachments, in a structured format suitable for import into other systems.
We will see just what the team has to offer Twitter in the near future, I’m sure.