Yahoo acquires Blink, SnapChat's biggest rival, plans to shut it down

Yahoo has purchased SnapChat's biggest self-destructing instant messaging rival, Blink. Says it plans to shut the service down soon.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Wed, May 14 2014 4:14 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

A growing trend in the tech world seems to be building a product designed to get you noticed by the big tech companies in hopes that they will acquire you for your talent and IP, and that seems to be exactly what has just happened to SnapChat rival Blink. Blink is an app that allows users to send self destructing instant messages, and functions similarly to how SnapChat works, and today the company announced that Yahoo has swooped in and picked it up.

Yahoo acquires Blink, SnapChat's biggest rival, plans to shut it down | TweakTown.com

"I can confirm that the entire team behind Blink will be joining our mobile team in Sunnyvale where they will focus on smart communication products," a Yahoo rep confirmed in a statement. Unfortunately, Yahoo plans to shut Blink down and will use the development team and founders to work on other Yahoo products. Details of the acquisition were not very clear, and at the moment, no word on how much the deal was worth has been released.

NEWS SOURCE:mashable.com

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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