Anybeat announces shut down, where is your data?

Alternative social networking site “Anybeat” calls it quits after announcing a purchase by another company.  This, according to an email received this morning:

We started working on Anybeat a year ago this month, and launched our invite-only beta 4 months later, in September. Over the last 8 months we have built many features, fixed many bugs, but most importantly met many amazing people that have helped us build this community. Many of you have become our dear friends, and it has been wonderful to meet some of you in the physical world.

It is therefore bittersweet for us to announce that Anybeat is getting purchased by another company, that will be repurposing it to address a different type of community, and will not be operating Anybeat as is.

We are going to keep the servers up and running for two weeks to let you access any photos or other data that you may have posted, and have also set up a Google Group that will allow us all to stay in touch afterwards – https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/anybeat-members

Thank you for all of your encouragement, support, creativity, and passion

– The Anybeat Team.

Amusingly, former users are taking to Facebook and Google groups for communicating possible alternatives.  Since Anybeat was touted as an anonymous alternative to Facebook and Google, it’s interesting to see users taking to those same sites while they seek alternatives.

So now that this social network has a buyer, this writer wonders if any information transfers have taken place since the privacy policy states the following – (my emphasis added)

Business Transfers: In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, customer information is typically one of the business assets that are transferred. Moreover, if Company, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Company goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, customer information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Company may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this policy.

The email from Anybeat says “Anybeat is getting purchased” so, maybe not information has been transferred yet.  We’ve inquired with Anybeat as to whether any personal/private data has been provided to the purchaser as of yet.  This post will be updated with any new information regarding the transfer of data.

Lance Gillilandhttp://www.facebook.com/lagilliland
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