Facebook loses Gowalla co-founder Williams, Instagram designer Van Damme
Roughly 18 months after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) acquired location-enabled mobile social network Gowalla, the startup's co-founder Josh Williams is resigning his post as Facebook's product manager for Pages, Location, and Events.
Originally conceived as a mobile check-in service similar to foursquare, Gowalla dramatically revamped its user experience in fall 2011, minimizing check-in activities in favor of social travel guides created by users, content providers and local experts. Facebook acquired Gowalla a few months later, shutting down the platform in early 2012. Williams went on to build the Facebook Nearby local discovery service, later spearheading efforts to revamp Facebook Pages with the addition of user ratings and reviews.
AllThingsD reports Williams will officially leave Facebook this Friday, and plans to launch a new startup in the near future. Facebook confirmed his imminent departure.
Facebook also confirmed the unrelated exit of Instagram product designer Tim Van Damme, another Gowalla alum who joined Instagram months before Facebook acquired the photo-sharing service in spring 2012 for $715 million. Facebook recently announced that Instagram boasts 130 million monthly users who have shared 16 billion photos. "Tim has contributed a lot to the look and feel of many of our products and we're thankful for his contributions to our design team," an Instagram spokesperson told AllThingsD.
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