Facebook has been rather fast on the acquisition front, acquiring different startups to expand its influence in the social media. Most recently, it was Instagram and now we have been told that the social network has acquired Glancee. Glancee is a social discovery tool that is location-based and helps you connect to friends near you in the real world.
Glancee was started back in 2010 by the cofounders, Andrea Vaccari, Gabriel Grise and Alberto Tretti. It has been a fairly successful startup and now that Facebook has acquired it, these three members will be moving over to work for Facebook whereas the rest of the team will continue Glancee-related work.
According to the announcement posted on the home page of Glancee:
“We started Glancee in 2010 with the goal of bringing together the best of your physical and digital worlds. We wanted to make it easy to discover the hidden connections around you, and to meet interesting people. Since then Glancee has connected thousands of people, empowering serendipity and pioneering social discovery.
We are therefore very excited to announce that Facebook has acquired Glancee and that we have joined the team in Menlo Park to build great products for over 900 million Facebook users. We’ve had such a blast connecting people through Glancee, and we truly thank our users for being a part of the Glancee community.”
Facebook, too, seems quite happy over the acquisition as is evident in the statement from a Facebook spokesperson, “We are thrilled to confirm that Facebook has acquired Glancee. We can’t wait for co-founders Andrea, Alberto and Gabriel to join the Facebook team to work on products that help people discover new places and share them with friends.”
The details of the deal that has been reached at by Facebook and Glancee haven’t been revealed, though we expect that we may get to know of it in the coming days.