Facebook closes down Gowalla

Maker of location-sharing app was acquired by the social-networking giant last December.

Gowalla has checked out.

Three months after Facebook acquired the maker of a location-sharing app for mobile devices, Gowalla has closed up shop.

Gowalla posted a note yesterday on its Web site informing users of the closure and letting them know they will soon be able to download their person data:

"Thank you for going out with Gowalla. It was a pleasure to journey with you around the world. Download your check-ins, photos and lists here soon."

The app, which launched in 2009 at the South By Southwest conference, reportedly had about 600,000 users a year ago. However, Gowalla had difficulty competing against Foursquare in the market for location-sharing apps.

Some employees of the Austin, Texas-based company were expected to move to Facebook's Palo Alto, Calif., offices to work on the social-networking giant's Timeline feature, sources have told CNET.

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