Glitch is three things. It’s a simple tool for creating apps and websites that’s enabling everyone to create on the web — whether you’re a professional developer or just starting out, and even as part of a team. It’s also a friendly, creative community comprised of millions of folks, from coders and designers to artists, activists, students, and educators. And it’s a different kind of company — one that’s setting the bar for thoughtful and ethical practices in tech, showing the industry that we can do better.

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It’s a big vision, and to do all those things right we need the resources to deliver. So we’re announcing today that we’ve raised $30M in venture capital funding from Tiger Global Management.


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We’re evolving “developer tools” into a creative, expressive platform that everyone can use to create the web. On Glitch, coding with friends is like working together in Google Docs–multiple people can work on the same project at the same time. There’s no setup, and you can see changes live on the web as you type.

By radically lowering the barriers to creating with code, our creative community of millions of people has now made more than 2.5M apps. For context, that’s more than Apple’s App Store, though since people create on Glitch by remixing each other’s work, it’s not exactly an… apples-to-apples comparison. …


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At Glitch, we’re building that company. One that’s here to push the tech world to do better and do nothing less than set the standard for thoughtful and ethical practices in tech.

A startup 20 years in the making

We started out as Fog Creek Software, an independent tech company that always put people first. We pioneered remote-working and private offices for creative workers more than a decade ago. Now we’re building the friendliest, most inclusive, and welcoming social platform on the internet.

Our approach begins with solid fundamentals. We’re built with sustainability in mind, and that extends to the way we’re funded too: We’re independent, privately held, and transparent and open in our business model and processes. …


Glitch makes it easy to build, ship, and share apps on the web. A big part of how we make it so easy is by removing the technical barriers between you and creation. On Glitch, there are no servers or setup to worry about, you can collaborate on code in real-time, and changes are deployed to the web as you type.

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Freedom to use the tools you want

Now, this should go without saying, but these days it’s important to be clear: on Glitch, you own your stuff. You can set whatever license you want, and there’s no lock-in keeping your code on Glitch. We don’t require any proprietary protocols or libraries so you can export your project and it will just work on other services without requiring any changes. When it comes to your code, you’re in control. …


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A new generation of headsets and sensors on our mobile phones are making virtual reality more accessible than ever. But learning how to create your own VR experiences can be tricky. We created the WebVR Starter Kit with Mozilla using A-Frame to walk you through creating your first VR experience, regardless of your prior coding experience.

By combining how-to videos with working code examples that you can remix, you can learn the theory and go straight to trying it out yourself.

“Our hope is that this starter kit will encourage anyone who has been on the fence about creating virtual reality experiences to dive in and get started.” …


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TL;DR: Mozilla is beginning the process of shutting down Thimble. While Thimble won’t be closed until December 2019, we’re working with the Thimble team at Mozilla to make it as easy as possible to migrate your Thimble projects to Glitch now, so you can continue to build and publish apps, web pages, and more for free.

Moving from Thimble to Glitch

Thimble is Mozilla’s browser-based, educational code editor. As Mozilla has refocused its resources on other projects, the Thimble project has been in maintenance mode for some time, and recently the team made a plan to sunset the Thimble project in December 2019.

At Glitch, we’re committed to the Thimble community, which means keeping the more than 1.4 million Thimble projects online, and providing Thimble users with a new home for your projects and users so that you can continue to edit and build new projects on Glitch for free. …


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New on Glitch: Custom Domains

One of our most requested features is the ability to use your own domains with Glitch, and now you can! We’ve teamed up with Fly.io to enable custom domains on Glitch in just a couple of clicks.

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Function: All About the GIF

Ah, the humble animated GIF. We use them on social media or in text messages as a way to signify a reaction, tell a story, or just to have a laugh. It’s not all fun and games though — organizations and media companies are cracking down on animated GIF usage, with some going as far as issuing copyright notices against animated GIF creators. On the latest episode of Function, we take a closer look at this and other GIF-related issues with our guests Kenyatta Cheese and T. …


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One of our most requested features is the ability to use your own domains with Glitch, and now you can! We’ve teamed up with Fly.io to enable custom domains on Glitch in just a couple of clicks.

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You can connect any domain name you’ve already purchased elsewhere. From snazzy emoji domains like 🤳🏼.ws or ▶.fm to something a little more professional like routeshuffle.com or glitch.com.

It’s free to add a custom domain to your Glitch project, but there is one catch…

You Gotta Have Thanks 👏🏾👏🏿

On Glitch, you can thank someone for anything you like, such as providing a helping hand in response to a Glitch Help request, or for creating a cool app that you found useful. …


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This Week on Function: Apple Notes Apologies

Why do so many celebrities use the Apple Notes app for social media apologies? On the latest episode of Function, we took a deep dive into this topic with insights from writer and culture expert Kara Brown and senior user experience designer Regine Gilbert.

Listen to the episode below, and subscribe to Function on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Hands-Free Duck Hunt

One of my earliest gaming memories is playing Duck Hunt with my brother… and cheating by placing the Zapper right against the TV screen to shoot the ducks. …


As developer advocate and principal engineer at Samsung, Ada Rose Cannon works on the cutting-edge of Web technologies. From helping promote advanced web features like progressive web apps, web virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), to contributing to open source projects that help developers build great web applications.

As co-chair of the W3C Immersive Web Working Group, Ada is helping to bring high-performance VR and AR to the open Web, with APIs to build fully immersive experiences that work with almost any browser-connected VR headset.

Her projects on Glitch range from fun games to useful utilities, including the…

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