Social-networking giant Facebook confirmed Monday that members from the Austin, Texas, company Gowalla will be moving to Palo Alto to join the Facebook team in the new year.
Gowalla co-founders Josh Williams and Scott Raymond will be moving to Facebook in January, along with other staff members, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed. After attending a Facebook developer conference in September, Williams said he was "blown away" by Facebook's new developments.
"A few weeks later Facebook called and it became clear that for our team to have the biggest impact was to work together," Williams wrote in a Gowalla blog post Monday.
Gowalla is a social-networking application that allows users to share information about different locations they visit by checking in online. Facebook has a similar application called Places, which lets users share their locations with friends.
"We share many of the same goals: building great products that reach millions of people, making a big impact quickly, and creating new ways for people to connect and share what's going on in their lives," a Facebook spokesperson stated in an email to Palo Alto Online.
"We're sure that the inspiration behind Gowalla will make its way into Facebook overtime."
Facebook said it isn't acquiring Gowalla's technology or user-data and that users will be able to easily transfer their information from one site to the other.
The talent acquisition is one of many attempts by Facebook to make sure new, competitive ideas are coming from within its company walls.