Google has acquired The Dealmap, a location-based deals site. Since launching just over a year ago, The Dealmap has grown significantly, with more than 2 million people now using its Web, e-mail, mobile, and social media products.
Google has not disclosed details of the deal, but The Dealmap noted in a blog statement that it will continue to support its core products and partner services for the time being.
“People will still be able to access local and daily deals through The Dealmap website, mobile apps, and daily email, and we'll continue supporting The Dealmap API and feeds for existing sourcing and distribution partners,” the statement said.
The Dealmap also has an existing commercial distribution agreement with Microsoft's Bing search engine, one of Google's main competitors, meaning that the Google-owned company is likely to continue being the primary provider of daily deals for Bing.
Google was impressed by the accomplishments of The Dealmap team and is looking forward to welcoming them to the search engine's team.
"We've been thrilled with the early success of our commerce offerings, and we think they can help us build even better products and services for consumers and merchants,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.In late 2010, Google attempted to purchase Groupon for $6 billion, but the offer was rejected. Google later launched its own deals platform, Google Offers.