Twitter Begins Promoting Their Open Source Projects

Taking a page out of Facebook’s open strategy, Twitter has launched a new page which highlights the open source projects that the company has released or contributed to. Not surprisingly, many of the projects listed on the open source page are also projects that Facebook has contributed to over the past couple years including memcached, thrift, cassandra, and scribe.

While the company has not described in detail the various projects, it’s not surprising to see all these contributions. In contrast to Facebook who takes the time to do a major press announcement about every open source project launched, Twitter just threw up a page with 29 projects. 22 of those projects are original Twitter-developed project. One of the most significant contributions Twitter has made is to the Scala development community. For those less aware of what Scala is, it’s a “general purpose programming language designed to express common programming patterns in a concise, elegant, and type-safe way.” Scala is primarily targeted at Java developers.