Beluga from Facebook
Beluga from Facebook

Facebook Catches Beluga (Whale)

UPDATE
Beluga no longer exists…

You’ve created a social Group on Facebook for the SMM (Social Media Marketing) in your Online Marketing campaign; yet you see very little activity… Sound familiar?

With smart phones all the rage of mobile and Facebook all the rage of social – brand interaction can happen at any time. Except within Facebook Groups; the technology hasn’t been integrated.

Well that’s about to change.

Beluga Whales are Social Critters

"Beluga whales are smart, social, and mobile. Just like our apps." That’s the Facebook tag line for Beluga, a company offering a mobile messaging service within groups they call "Pods". The nifty apps have been freely available for the iPhone & Android markets.

To skeptics of the reliability & technology of this young company, having only launched in late 2010, I point to the Beluga Team itself; Ben Davenport, Lucy Zhang and Jonathan Perlow are three ex-Google engineers – so you know it’s got to be good.

Beluga helps groups of friends stay in touch on the go. Use it to plan a night out or just share updates and photos. It’s instant, intimate and simple. Best of all, it’s completely free.

There’s an old simple marketing formula – "Identify a Problem & Present a Solution". So what if we plugged in Facebook’s mobile group messaging problem with Beluga’s solution?

Big Fish Facebook Chomps Beluga Whale and Marketers Win

Facebook took the bait, acquiring Beluga earlier this month. They took the team and the technology. And I bet they’ve got your attention too.

With Facebook’s preexisting oomph and Beluga’s mobile group messaging, location integration and photo-sharing, it looks like your Social Media Marketing campaigns might be getting the boosts they need – via Groups.

I think Social Media Marketing just got a little more interesting. What do you think?

Read the announcement on TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires Group Messaging Service Beluga In A Talent AND Technology Deal

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