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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 (opens in new tab) on Wednesday.

According to a blog post on Nextstop’s website (opens in new tab), 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".

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.