Facebook Product Manager Josh Williams, who joined the company after its acquisition of location-based check-in application Gowalla in December 2011, is leaving the social network Friday, according to a report in AllThingsD.
Facebook has been big on dogfooding its employees, and it appears the latest round came when the company shut off its website internally, forcing employees to only use their mobile applications. Facebook Product Manager Josh Williams, formerly CEO of Gowalla, told attendees at South by Southwest that Facebook blocked some employees’ access to Facebook.com at the campus for a while in an effort to get them to communicate using the native mobile apps.
Facebook has been growing in the way of location tracking, but according to Bloomberg, the company may soon unveil a mobile application that tracks users’ locations, even when the app is not open. Bloomberg reports that the app is designed to let users find friends who are nearby.
Ever since Facebook acquired his location-based check-in site, Gowalla, around this time last year, co-founder and CEO Josh Williams (now a product manager of pages, locations, and events at Facebook) has been building the next phase of local-social discovery. Despite a roller-coaster year that brought the check-in industry plenty of ups and downs and a fair share of speculation as to what would come next, the scope of the new location project remained under wraps, until now. Last month, Facebook announced, to much fanfare, the release of a bundle of new and updated features collectively known as Nearby.
The social rumor mill is abuzz with predictions on what Facebook plans to do with the newest member of its family, Glancee — especially since this mobile acquisition has brainpower to boot in areas where the social network has failed in the past.
Gowalla has processed its last check-in.
In the worst-kept-secret department, location-based mobile service Gowalla confirmed that it has been acquired by Facebook.
Neither Facebook nor Gowalla has confirmed a rumored acquisition of the location sharing service by the leading social network.
Anyone can post a review of a restaurant or product online, and the anonymity of the World Wide Web makes for ample opportunity for those reviews to be less than truthful, whether to surreptitiously promote the subject of the review, or to maliciously attack it. Try clicking on Cliq to see what your Facebook friends have to say.
Gowalla now works with all check-in services, including Facebook.