Facebook Acquires Lightbox; Service Closes June 15

May 15th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Seems like Facebook is getting aggressive in dominating the photo sharing niche. After acquiring Instagram for a cool $1 billion, the co-founders of Android app Lightbox have announced they and their team will be joining Facebook. In their blog post, Thai Tran and Nilesh Patel have reiterated that the move is not an acquisition, adding they are entirely closing down the service on June 15.

“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,” Tran and Patel co-wrote in Lightbox blog.

Lightbox no longer accepts new signups, while the uploaded photos will not be transferred to Facebook so existing members will have to download them here. Tran and Patel will be open-sourcing parts of the Lightbox code, encouraging other developers to use and build upon.

Meanwhile, Facebook is happy about this development, telling The Next Web that “the Lightbox team has incredible experience developing innovative mobile products that people love. We look forward to welcoming this world-class team of engineers to Facebook.”

These recent moves by Facebook may hint at its plan to play a more important role in how users share photos across the Web.

Source: The Next Web


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