Friday, 22 February, 2019

Facebook shuts down three of its apps, including 'Moves' fitness tracking

Facebook is shutting down Hello Moves and the anonymous teen app tbh due to ‘low usage’		
	Ingrid Lunden

   	7 hours Facebook is shutting down Hello Moves and the anonymous teen app tbh due to ‘low usage’ Ingrid Lunden @ 7 hours
Sherri Watson | 04 July, 2018, 14:20

User data associated with the apps will be deleted within 90 days, the social network said in announcing the closures.

Moves, which Facebook bought in 2014, was an activity app for "fitness tracking without gadgets", instead monitoring walking, cycling and running using sensors and Global Positioning System data from your phone. Facebook acquired tbh previous year - if you've not heard of it before, it's an anonymous social media app aimed at high school students in the US that encouraged teens to be nice towards each other.

Facebook announced it is discontinuing three of its mobile apps because you did not care enough to use them apparently... Like Moves, Android dialers are hardly difficult to come by, and the Facebook-branded version struggled to offer much more than what was readily available elsewhere. Hello was an app specifically for people in Brazil, the United States, and Nigeria where Android users can combine their contacts' Facebook information with the contact details that are in your phone. Facebook said it was deprecating the Moves app and Moves API on July 31. The app also created a record of everywhere a user went, allowing them to track their fitness history on a map. As Ad Age reported previous year, tbh fell down the App Store charts just a month after it was acquired.

"We regularly review our apps to assess which ones people value most", the company wrote in its announcement.

Moves was originally launched in 2013, and Facebook acquired the app for an undisclosed sum in 2014. But we need to prioritise our work so we don't spread ourselves too thin. Since you've probably never heard of it, we'll let you know that Hello was a dialer app that would allow users to combine info from their Facebook with details on their phones.

While its Instagram app is popular with younger users, Facebook continues to keep a close eye on emerging teen apps to better understand what resonates with the demographic, according to Thomas Husson, vice president at research firm Forrester.