Skype has confirmed it will be acquiring mobile group messaging service GroupMe.
GroupMe is a group messaging service, enabling users to send messages to multiple people or individual messages via a private chat room style interface/
It’s entirely free to use and works by sending messages via your data connection. Crucially (and something that will have undoubtedly appealed to Skype), it works across iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 platforms.
Tony Bates, Skype’s CEO comments: ‘GroupMe team has created an incredibly sticky group messaging experience that works across mobile devices and platforms, making this a perfect addition to the voice, video and text products in the Skype family,”
The acquisition of GroupMe is clearly designed to complement Skype’s existing communications portfolio, which encompasses video, voice and text and follows Skype’s acquisition of Qik earlier this year.
The move is a testament to the huge success of GroupMe, which only began in 2010 at the Techcruch Disrupt Hackathon. The company will now be able to expand it’s services to Skype’s 175 million members worldwide.
Jared Hect from GroupMe comments: ‘There is a natural affinity between Skype and GroupMe and our goal is to continue developing tools that make it easier for people to communicate, share, and stay in touch with their close and important ties.”
The details of the acquisition haven’t been revealed, but according to details on the website: ‘GroupMe will remain in New York, team intact, working on our standalone application.’