Facebook Acquires FriendFeed


Posted August 10, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson


After having already jacked the most interesting features from rival social networking service FriendFeed, Facebook has decided to acquire the company.

"Since I first tried FriendFeed, I¹ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, in a statement. "As this shows, our culture continues to make Facebook a place where the best engineers come to build things quickly that lots of people will use."

FriendFeed's innovations include the "like" button as well as an emphasis on combining status updates and micro-blogging, but the main FriendFeed feature was the ability to integrate information from different services, so you can check out a friend's Flickr page, Wordpress updates and tweets all in one place. If that sounds familiar, it's because Facebook has obviously been moving in that direction over the last few months.

The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, but Facebook promises FriendFeed.com will "continue to operate normally for the time being as the teams determine the longer term plans for the product."

I have a twitter feed (that you are welcome to follow), but I mostly use Facebook, basically because everyone else I know does. How about you? What do you use to keep in touch? Also: Got any tips for the next-big-thing in social networking?

Facebook Acquires FriendFeed


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