Back in July of 2017, there was a rumor that Facebook was working on a group video chat app to take on Houseparty, another popular app at the time. A few months later and Facebook quietly launched that app — in Denmark. Now, a couple of years later and it’s time to say goodbye.
According to The Verge, Facebook is planning on shutting down Bonfire, the group video chat app, beginning this month. Support will shut down, but Facebook says it will incorporate “what we learned” into existing apps:
“In May we’ll be ending support for the Bonfire tests,” Facebook said in a statement. “We’ll incorporate elements of what we learned into other current and future products.”
If Bonfire doesn’t sound familiar at all, it might be because Facebook never actually broadened its horizons. After its launch in Denmark in 2017, the app never arrived in the United States. Houseparty, for its own part, is still active. However, it’s not known just how many users it has on a regular basis. As noted in the original report, the platform did start selling mobile games to help add to the experience.
Group video chat is a feature that Facebook isn’t giving up on, though. Indeed, the company just announced a group feature to watch videos with others within Facebook Messenger.[via The Verge]