Go Daddy and Huawei also join the flock

Twitter ups open source cred with Apache sponsorship

LouisGoddard
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Micro-blogging service Twitter has become the latest of Silicon Valley’s tech giants to sponsor the Apache Software Foundation (ASF)

Micro-blogging service Twitter has become the latest Silicon
Valley tech giant to sponsor the Apache Software Foundation (ASF),
the organisation behind projects including the Hadoop database
framework and the eponymous Apache HTTP Server. The San
Francisco-based company joins the ASF’s roster of supporters at
the bronze level, a status which requires an annual donation of
$5,000.

“Sponsoring the ASF is not only the right thing to do, it will help
us sustain our existing projects at the ASF by supporting the
foundation’s infrastructure”,
writes
open source manager Chris Aniszczyk on the Twitter
Engineering blog. “We have a long history of contributing to Apache
projects, including not only Mesos, but also Cassandra, Hadoop,
Mahout, Pig and more. As Twitter grows, we look to further our
commitment to the success of the ASF and other open source
organizations.”

The sponsorship will certainly help endear Twitter to the more
socks-and-sandalled areas of the tech world, building on activities
like last week’s open source release
of the company’s in-house MySQL tweaks. But Twitter still has some
way to go to catch up with its social media rivals in the
philanthropy stakes — Facebook and Google both sit on the ASF’s
list of platinum sponsors, contributing a whopping $100,000 each,
alongside Microsoft and
recent addition
Citrix.

Joining the sponsors list yesterday, Twitter was accompanied by
domain registrar Go Daddy and Chinese hardware firm Huawei, both of
whom are now silver sponsors, contributing $20,000 each. Existing
silver sponsors include Cloudera, Basis Technology and WordPress
founder Matt Mullenweg.

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