Google has just acquired voice messaging startup SayNow, according to a blog post on SayNow’s homepage.
SayNow’s platform allows voice messaging, one-on-one conversations, and group calls to be integrated into Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Android, or iPhone applications. The startup has built a number of applications, which have over 15 million users, with this capabilities, including SayNow Phone, SayNow Broadcast, Big Call and Chit Chat.
It appears that SayNow, which has raised $7.5 million in funding from Shasta Ventures, Tugboat Ventures, and Altos Ventures, will be combining forces with the Google Voice team.
Here’s the post announcing the acquisition:
We are thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Google.
Since 2005, we’ve explored fun and entertaining ways for people to talk with each other. Through the web, smartphones, and even land lines, our products brought communities together through the power of voice. And as Google has some of the best voice products in the world, we believe combining forces with the Google Voice team will let us innovate in new and unexplored areas.
We have no specific product plans to announce at this time, but we’ll have more to say about our roadmap as we integrate with Google, so stay tuned. We couldn’t be more excited about what is yet to come.
SayNow is a free service that lets fans and celebrities connect with one another via voice and text messaging. Essentially each celebrity is given a unique phone number, which fans can call to leave messages or which celebrities can use to leave messages for their fans to tell them directly what they’re up to. Through this form of voice and text messaging, SayNow provides a unique and personal way for fans and celebrities to communicate. As...