Time for more fire crackers from Facebook side, Yepp, the company just mere days before being started trading publicly, the company has made another acquisition, it has hired the entire seven-member team of Lightbox, a camera and photo sharing app for Android. The social giant has confirmed to AllThingsD, saying that “the Lightbox team has incredible experience developing innovative mobile products that people love.” Furthermore, the Lightbox team also announced the move today through its blog post.
Facebook is “not acquiring the company or any of the user data hosted on Lightbox.com.” Instead, the team will shut the site down in preparation for joining Facebook. New users can no longer sign up for Lightbox, and current members have until June 15th to download their photos. Lightbox further says that “we’ll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook’s 500+ million mobile users.”
Here’s the full statement from Lightbox’s blog:
We started Lightbox because we were excited about creating new services built primarily for mobile, especially for the Android and HTML5 platforms, and we’re honored that millions of you have downloaded the Lightbox Photos app and shared your experiences with the Lightbox community.
Today, we’re happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we’ll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook’s 500+ million mobile users.
This means we’re no longer accepting new signups. If you’re an existing user, you can continue to use Lightbox.com until June 15 and you can download your photos from here.
Facebook is not acquiring the company or any of the user data hosted on Lightbox.com. In the coming weeks, we will be open sourcing portions of the code we’ve written for Lightbox and posting them to our Github repository.
We’d like to thank the Lightbox community, our investors, and our families for supporting us during this journey.
Thai Tran & Nilesh Patel
(Image Source: Lightbox)