Gowalla gone already

Tech

Gowalla, which got its start at South by Southwest three years ago, has gone dark for this year’s festival. Users who try to log in to the location-based app’s homepage now get the message “Thank you for going out with Gowalla. It was a pleasure to journey with you around the world.”

This isn’t exactly a surprise. Facebook bought the Austin-based company three months ago and made it clear that the service was eventually going to wind down. The company said this in a statement back in December:

We know how much many of you loved Gowalla. It’s been the highlight of our lives as we’ve built it with your help over the past two years. As we move forward, we hope some of the inspiration behind Gowalla — a fun and beautiful way to share your journey on the go — will live on at Facebook.

The statement went…

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