July 12, 2010
Facebook Buys NextStop
Facebook has acquired the startup website NextStop; it is a company that allows users to upload information, photos, reviews, etc. about places they have visited (or lived) so that other people can browse the best places to go before they plan their trip. It sounds a lot like yelp, but more in-depth and focused on the aspect of tourism and site-seeing.
According to businessweek, users will be able to “create and share travel guides and recommendations with others looking for things to do in places they’re not familiar with.” So then with Facebook, users will have the option to do all of these things right from their own profiles; all they have to do is add the little NextStop module to their profile, and they can begin to browse and share with others.
Current users of NextStop will no longer be able to access the feature from www.nextstop.com because the site will be shut down on September 1 in order to make room for its place on the Facebook site. However, existing users will be able to use the company’s newly released export tool, which allows them to send the information they have stored on NextStop elsewhere (like Picasa, Google Maps, or a file to save on their hard drive [PDF or HTML]). Looks like you can already sign in using your Facebook account.
Said reps from Facebook: “We can confirm that we recently completed a small talent acquisition for NextStop and acquired most of the company’s assets. We’ve admired the engineering team’s efforts for some time now and we’re excited to have them join Facebook.” They’ve been doing a lot of that lately…Facebook scouts small startups to scoop them up for their monster site. We’ll see how NextStop goes!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am