Facebook buys, kills travel rec site
We want your talent...bitch
Facebook has acquired NextStop, a San Francisco-based startup that let netizens share advice on where to go and what to do.
NextStop's employees — including two former Google product managers — will be joining Facebook, and its site will be shut down on September 1. If you're currently using the service — whose goal was to make it "dramatically easier to discover great things to do anywhere in the world" — you must export all your data before that date or it will be lost.
"This creates a number of big changes for the nextstop product and our community," NextStop said in a web post, "but we believe it's an opportunity for some of the ideas behind nextstop to reach Facebook's audience of more than 400 million users and have a much bigger impact on the world than we could on our own."
In the coming weeks, the company says, it will release its database of places and recommendations under a Creative Commons license in a format designed for easy importing into other tools. "Our aim is make it possible for other products — whether they already exist or are yet to be created — to harness the collective knowledge of the nextstop community, which includes information on nearly 100,000 recommendations for places around the world."
It's would appear that Facebook is acquiring the company simply for its talent, which is typically the case when Mark Zuckerberg and crew go shopping. "Members of the nextstop team are joining Facebook and we hope that some of the central ideas behind nextstop will live on," NextStop said. "We’re shutting down the current version of nextstop so we can focus all of our attention on what comes next."
Facebook has also acquired "some" of NextStop's assets. But the firm says that no users' personal data will be shared with the social-networking behemoth. ®
"We’re shutting down the current version of nextstop so we can focus all of our attention on what comes next."
And what comes next is... stopping.
Lack of planning
I think a huge portion of Facebook's problems is that it was never built as a business. It seems to have a natural disconnect between different areas of its own site and that is likely due to a poor vision in part by their fearless leader.
Comparing that with the inherit synergies in Google's products (especially as of late) as well as its long term planning which has been made very public. It really does showcase the main differences in how the two operate.
...2nd sloppiest programmers in the world (1st place being Symantec of course).
FB could certainly use some talent.