Huge news! Limbo is joining forces with Brightkite

April 7th, 2009

Today we have some big news: we’re extremely pleased to announce that Limbo is joining forces with Brightkite! This is a big day for both companies and we couldn’t be more excited about what this means for the future of Brightkite.

We know one of the biggest questions on your mind is “So what does this mean for me as a Brightkite user?”. We’ve compiled a brief FAQ below but feel free to ask questions in the comments section below. We’ll do our best to answer them.

Is Brightkite going away?

No! Brightkite is here to stay. In fact, by joining forces Brightkite just got a whole lot better!

Who is Limbo?

Limbo is a company based in Burlingame, CA. The Limbo team knows a lot about mobile and we discovered that we share a common vision for our respective products.

Why are you joining forces?

In a nutshell: To make things better for you as a user and bring you more cool stuff. It’s no secret that we’ve been evolving Brightkite very, very quickly, and we want to keep doing that. By joining forces, we now have:

  • an experienced team of engineers, business and product people to evolve Brightkite more quickly
  • some truly amazing technology that will make Brightkite faster and better
  • the resources to build Brightkite on more platforms (Blackberry, WinMo, etc…)
  • the relationships with cell phone carriers to provide better SMS and mobile integration (domestically and internationally)
  • the marketing power to bring Brightkite to the masses – expect lots of new users
  • better point-of-interest (POI) data – you will be able to find more bars, restaurants, clubs and other places easier.
  • by combining the two communities, you’ll find more people in more places.

What does this mean for old Limbo users?

We plan to move all Limbo accounts and key features to the Brightkite platform. Limbo users gain an enriched product, enhanced user interface, and new Brightkite friends. We expect this transition to happen within the next few weeks. Brightkite users please welcome Limbo users and be sure to show them the ropes.

Where will Brightkite be based?

The new Brightkite is headquartered in Burlingame, CA and has offices in Denver, CO and Helsinki, Finland. Brightkite has media sales staff in New York and Los Angeles.

So overall it’s business as usual except we will be ramping up in size and delivering a lot more cool stuff to you. Thanks for your continued support up to this point, we’re just getting started…

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Posted by Brady Becker at 10:04 PM in Community

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@sallymander

  • 394 weeks ago

I knew something was afoot! Congrats and good luck! I can't wait to see how Limbo improves the Brightkite experience :D

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Tom

  • 394 weeks ago

I hate Limbo with such a passion that I'm considering deleting my Brightkite account right now. They continued sending me texts after I unsubscribed several times, including getting confirmations that I would receive no more texts. I tried to call them a few times and always got voicemail, after leaving several threatening voicemails (each after receiving yet another text) I finally got removed, it seems. I also had to report them to apple for leaving no functional opt-out, as they have a special line for iPhone users which always (even in the beginning) gave me this error message that was basically a screen reader reading a broken webpage it sounded like.

Seriously, I really fucking hate Lingo, and I want them to fail because of how much they spammed me via txt.

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jacobburke

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  • 394 weeks ago

Congrats on the expansion! Looking forward to new features and more users!

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Josh Catone

  • 394 weeks ago

@Brady and Martin: Congrats on the merger! It was great to meet you at SXSW, by the way. Glad the name isn't changing and my newly acquired Brightkite t-shirts are still valid. ;)

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Josh Fraser

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  • 394 weeks ago

Congrats guys! This is exciting news.

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David G. Cohen

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  • 394 weeks ago

Martin, Brady - What a ride. Thanks for letting us tag along. We can't wait to see where you take this next.

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pebbe

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  • 394 weeks ago

Does this mean that international sms will return in the near future? I had given up on brightkite.

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Robert Gaal

  • 394 weeks ago

Congrats Martin and Brady, awesome :)

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Robert Foxx

  • 394 weeks ago

Congrats everyone at Brightkite & Limbo - I'm excited for the future of the community. :)

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PerryEvans

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  • 394 weeks ago

way to go guys,it WAS a quick deal! Take a pause and clear your heads (for a minute, at least!)!! Stay in touch...

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scottfmurphy

  • 394 weeks ago

Congrats guys!! That's really exciting!

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david plewes

  • 394 weeks ago

what does this merger do for the rewards that are available at limbo that are available for points awarded for texting the lowest unique price? what happens to the remaining points? I have a great concern since i have over 600,000 points!!

Thank You

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Jon

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  • 394 weeks ago

Congrats guys!

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@emilycatherine

  • 394 weeks ago

Yay, new friends!

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Devin

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  • 394 weeks ago

Congrats guys!

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Dan Burcaw

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  • 394 weeks ago

Great news!

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highfiredanger

  • 394 weeks ago

Congratulations! You guys work so hard and deserve all the best :)

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Natalie

  • 394 weeks ago

Congrats..Brady and Martin! Brightkite and Limbo Unite.

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ladymystery38

  • 394 weeks ago

congrats you brightkite and limbo

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ladymystery38

  • 394 weeks ago

Tom I'm really sorry you had such a bad experience with Limbo, but let's wait and see what will happen with this merge. Don't leave Brightkite just yet. Let's just see what happens.

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empireofno

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  • 394 weeks ago

i think this is great news for brightkite. i love using the service and am glad to see that there'll be more resources available to build it out. really well done guys!

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Matt Browne

  • 394 weeks ago

Congrats guys! I am happy to hear about the merger. Well done.

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Chip D

  • 393 weeks ago

Nice work, gentlemen!

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Phil M

  • 393 weeks ago

Glad to see BrightKite moving forward.

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Predator04

  • 393 weeks ago

Limbo was great sounds like some users here dont know what there doing? just send a text to stop limbo alerts and stuff. never had a problem then again i know how to use a cell phone. hope the merge is a good one good luck everyone and congrats

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