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Facebook Snaps Up Travel Guide Firm

Facebook has bought a little-known travel recommendation company by the name of Nextstop, Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday.

According to a blog post on Nextstop’s website, the social network plans to close the newly-acquired travel suggestions network by 1 September.

“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,” a spokesman for Facebook told the media.

The website was founded by Carl Sjogreen and Adrian Graham, both ex-employees of Google, last year.

According to a message displayed on the homepage of Nextstop's website, the company plans to offer its existing registered users two months to use the site and save all their data to Picasa Web Albums, Google Maps, or to export it in PDF or HTML format.

It also hints at possible future services which will try to "harness the collective knowledge of the nextstop community, which includes information on nearly 100,000 recommendations for places around the world".