The team at Clutch.io, a program that allows developers to perform A/B testing on iOS mobile apps, announced Monday that they would be joining Twitter to help scale Twitter’s products, and eventually closing down operations at Clutch.io.
On their site, they explained the move and what will happen to existing Clutch.io apps:
We know that there are many of you who love the Clutch Framework and Clutch A/B Testing, and you may be wondering: what happens to my apps? We’re happy to announce that over the coming weeks we will make available everything you need to run Clutch.io on your own servers, so that even after our hosted service is no longer running, you can continue to operate it on your own.
The company noted that it will be leaving its products “active and supported” until November 1, and that “all of our libraries are designed to fail gracefully when the service cannot be reached, so your users will never notice a thing.”
Currently, Clutch.io offered both free and paid versions of its services, and the service was still in beta mode as recently as February. Both of the co-founders, Eric Florenzano and Eric Maguire, both previously worked at Mochi Media, and the two were also co-founders of Convore, a company launched out of Y Combinator’s winter 2011 class.
Clutch.io allowed iOS developers to perform testing on mobile apps and try out different approaches and receive user feedback. Mobile development is important to Twitter, which makes more money from mobile advertising than from its website and sees the majority of users engaging the service through mobile devices and apps.