Facebook turned out its pockets this week in order to purchase a company called ShareGrove. The startup acts as a modern day chat room, enabling users to create private group conversations in real-time with their Facebook contacts.
Thanks to Facebook Connect, ShareGrove allows users to create conversation groups with their Facebook friends. Within the chat, they can then share links, photos and media:
Facebook hasn't given any details about what they plan on doing with the acquisition, but it's obviously going to somehow fold into their chat service (which to this day is somewhat lacking). Meanwhile, ShareGrove has stated on their official blog that they play on shutting down completely as of June 1 of this year.
This purchase follows hot on the heels of Facebook's last acquisition, which took place just last month. Divvyshot, a photo sharing site, allows users to share photos by grouping them into collections called events. Users can then contribute to the same album rather than creating separate ones.
While it's easy to guess at future capabilities within Facebook, we've no idea when they're going to roll out. In fact, we're still waiting for Titan, the platform's alleged Webmail service.