Monday, March 12, 2012

Gowalla Announces That It's Shutting Down

The location-based social network Gowalla announced on its homepage that it will be shutting down.

TheNextWeb was the first site to report the news. According to TheNextWeb, Gowalla’s message said, “Thank you for going out with Gowalla. It was a pleasure to journey with you around the world. Download your check-ins, photos, and lists here soon."

Gowalla never was able to beat out Foursquare, a very similar service. Finally, after several months of rumors, Gowalla was acquired by Facebook back in December. After it was acquired, Josh Williams, the co-founder of Gowalla, wrote a blog post saying that Gowalla would be “winding down” sometime in January.

The deal between Gowalla and Facebook first became a possibility when co-founders Williams and Scott Raymond went to Facebook’s f8 developer conference in San Francisco.

Williams wrote, “We were blown away by Facebook's new developments. A few weeks later Facebook called, and it became clear that the way for our team to have the biggest impact was to work together. So we're excited to announce that we'll be making the journey to California to join Facebook."

In January, Williams, Raymond and the entire Gowalla team moved to the Facebook headquarters to join their social network design and engineering team.

For those who used Gowalla, it’s good to know that the Facebook acquisition did not include the attainment of user data. This means that Gowalla users that forgot to delete their information before the acquisition don’t have to be concerned that Facebook might be tracking their previous check-ins or any other information that they might have entered on the site.

Gowalla was a pretty successful company, so it will be very interesting to see what their team can do when working with Facebook’s team.

Sources: TheNextWeb - Well that's that. Gowalla shuts down. and PCMag - Gowalla Shuts Down Following Facebook Acquisition

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