Facebook Acquires Mobile Messaging Company Beluga
Facebook have announced that they have acquired the mobile messaging startup Beluga with a view to utilising the companies specialised chat software in the mobile version of its website in the near future.
The company, which was started by three former Google employees, will continue developing software for its existing users for the time being, but may become focused solely on facebook as time progresses. At the moment their software allows people to conduct group chat sessions via SMS from their mobile phones. Beluga users create a “pod,” or group of people, with whom to share messages, pictures and locations.
Facebook released a press release stating;
“We’re psyched to confirm that we’ve just acquired the talent and assets of Beluga, whose simple and elegant mobile apps blew us away as a solution to help groups of friends stay in touch on the move.”
Facebook added that it looked forward “to welcoming co-founders Ben Davenport, Lucy Zhang and Jonathan Perlow, and we’re excited that the team will continue their vision for groups and mobile communication as part of Facebook.”