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Jason 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 […]

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.

“Chris and I have been using Twitter for about three years now — we were in the first group of users.” Shellen said. “We’re big fans and believers in Twitter as a platform and it’s a great place to invest our time.”

The upcoming release of this new social media product — which is expected to launch in a few weeks — was also the impetus behind Thing Labs’ name change. Shellen’s startup was originally named after its first social media product, Plinky. Launched six months ago, Plinky is a web application that prompts users to answer a question — topics run the gamut from movies to travel — and lets them to post their answers on Facebook, Twitter or blogs.

Shellen said the Thing Labs’ social media application will roll out in a few weeks. In addition to Wetherell, who joined the company a few months weeks ago, Dolapo Falola is leaving a senior engineering position with Google and will join the startup in July, making Thing Labs a popular destination for the growing network of ex-Googlers.

  1. Jennifer, if only Microsoft Bing had done what Jason is doing and focused on dominating and bursting at the seams in one niche before spreading into another. It’s classic. Just focus on one thing. After all, that IS the definition of “focus”

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  2. We have recently released a free Twitter add-on for IE called TweetIE, it works for IE 6,7 and 8. I hope the readers of this blog will find it interesting. I would also appreciate if the author of this blog could review our plug-in. FireFox plug-in is also available.

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  3. Jennifer Martinez Sunday, June 21, 2009

    Hi Andy, send me the details at jennifer@gigaom.com. Thanks!

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  4. [...] Jennifer Martinez | Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | 4:46 PM PT | 0 comments Thing Labs, San Francisco-based startup that makes social networking applications, released today an API [...]

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  5. [...] of those developers on hand today was Things Labs CEO Jason Shellen, who said the micromessaging site won’t get around to incorporating every feature developed by [...]

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