Facebook acquired most of the assets -- including the staff -- of travel recommendation website Nextstop.
Nextstop unveiled the news of the transaction on its website, and Facebook confirmed the deal.
Facebook spokesman Jonny Thaw says: “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.”
Thaw declined to disclose terms of the deal or plans for any possible integration of the travel social-networking company.
"It’s primarily a talent acquisition," Thaw says.
"Nextstop will be closing their site on Sept. 1, but users will be able to export their guides and Nextstop is also planning to release the Nextstop database of places and recommendations under a Creative Commons license in a format suitable for easy importing," Thaw says.
Founded in April 2008 by a couple of ex-Google employees, Nextstop offers user-generated guides and recommendations for around 100,000 global destinations.
Nextstop's HTML5-based mobile app will no longer be available, the company says.