Thing Labs Acquires Birdfeed, Wikirank to Add to Brizzly

Thing Labs has acquired two “passion projects” from former Apple and Google developers to expand social web aggregator Brizzly. Birdfeed, a premium Twitter app, will become the free Brizzly for iPhone app; and Wikirank, a visualization for Wikipedia data from Small Batch, will help illustrate data.

Thing Labs to Launch New Twitter App In Coming Weeks

thing labsJason Shellen, founder of Thing Labs, the startup formerly known as Plinky, is keeping details about its new social media product tightly under wraps — except to say that initially it will only work in conjunction with Twitter. While other application developers focus their attention on multiple social network sites, Thing Labs decided to develop its latest application for the API friends and fellow ex-Googlers Biz Stone and Evan Williams created.

Thing Labs is primarily familiar with the Twitter API via the friendships of Shellen and VP of Technology Chris Wetherell with Stone and Williams, so it seemed natural to start building its new application on that platform first. Wetherell, a former senior software engineer at Google, even spent a few months working on projects at Twitter after he left the search giant earlier this year. Read More about Thing Labs to Launch New Twitter App In Coming Weeks