Latest News:  
Beijing   Light snow    3 / -2   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>Science

Location-sharing startup Gowalla joins Facebook

(Xinhua)

10:55, December 07, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Facebook and location-sharing startup Gowalla announced on Monday that Gowalla's founders as well as several team members will join Facebook and move to the social network giant's headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

The announcement was made following media reports last Friday that Facebook is acquiring Gowalla as a whole to work on its Timeline feature, one of the most drastic changes to the social network since it was founded.

Facebook confirmed in a statement that the Gowalla team is moving to Facebook in January to join its design and engineering teams, saying "while Facebook isn't acquiring the Gowalla service or technology, we're sure that the inspiration behind Gowalla will make its way into Facebook over time."

Gowalla, launched in Austin, Texas in 2007, is primarily a social mobile app allowing users to check in locations they visit with photos and other contents. As of last November, the service has around 600,000 active users.

A blog post by Gowalla CEO Josh Williams said the Gowalla service will be winding down at the end of January and they plan to provide an easy way to export user data. "Facebook is not acquiring Gowalla's user data," he noted.

【1】 【2】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:燕勐)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. China's peacekeeping engineering

  2. Trip to 'Mars' takes its toll

  3. Sandaoyan Town

  4. Children freed from clutches of crime gangs

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Playing the anti-China card
  2. Chinese wind power has great potential
  3. 'Diplomatic war' may escalate conflicts
  4. ASEAN benefits from China's WTO entry
  5. Chinese schools need to tune in and chill out
  6. Flexibility for progress
  7. Clear the air today for a brighter future
  8. Private sector as catalyst for development
  9. EU needs stronger economic and currency union
  10. U.S. immigration-eyed investment risky

What's happening in China

Can a ray of sun peak through the smog?

  1. Drink was 'deliberately' poisoned
  2. It's migrant payback time: govt
  3. US woman seeks her roots in Yunnan
  4. Beijing to get online water quality index
  5. Top biz school to pick students independently

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance