So much for trusting Parse...
From a developer relations perspective, Facebook is the new Twitter.
Just hope they don't become the new Google from a user perspective!
What was that about, then?
Right hand not talking to the left. Ugh.
Super unexpected and sad. Parse was a great way to get an app up and running quickly. I had expected them to be around for years to come.
Large companies like FB and Google buying and shutting down successful tech services has the potential to damage the economy and hurt consumers. I hope that 2016 brings less of this.
Yeah I'm so over this happening. Great thoughts.
Really? As soon as FB/Google/Dropbox buys someone the writing should be on the wall.
I don't even bother with "Startup" products at all these days, everyone just builds with the aim to sell out and shut down.
Wow. That's pretty unexpected. I wonder how many popular apps will be affected.
At least they've released a Parse-compatible API server module for Node/Express.
In a way, Facebook’s acquisition of Parse in 2013 seems to have postponed the inevitable. As a startup, Parse was always vulnerable to running out of money. As a division inside Facebook, Parse was always vulnerable to running out of strategic support.
I wrote a longer post about this on Medium:
Is Parse profitable? Very out of the blue news.
I frequently do things on a wimp
Facebook still has this up: https://developers.facebook.com/products/parse/
Here's an article with some context: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/facebook-to-shut-down-parse-its-platform-for-mobile-developers/?ref=topics&_r=0
Beginning in 2013, Facebook made three big bets: AWS-like cloud infrastructure (Acquired Parse), VR (acquired Oculus), and messaging (acquired WhatsApp, launched Messenger). This happened while it's mobile advertising platform was just ramping up. When they learned that there is massive growth potential in mobile advertising (most recently evidenced in their latest earnings call), they decided to focus on that. In that time, they also learned that competing with Amazon, Google, and Microsoft on cloud infrastructure would be really difficult. So they shut Parse down.
What the hell. Didn't they just launch a new site?
I'm pretty baffled after reading this...