Facebook acquires FriendFeed
The big social network news of the day is Facebook’s acquisition of FriendFeed.
FriendFeeds’ cofounder Bret Taylor spoke of the two networks’ “common vision of giving people tools to share and connect with their friends”, while Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg spoke of how he “admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information” ever since he first used FriendFeed.
For the moment, FriendFeed will continue to run as a standalone service, while all FriendFeed’s staff will work for Facebook and its directors will take new senior positions.
The new combined team will look at how FriendFeed functionality, as well as new ideas, will fit in to Facebook to enhance communication and user experience.
“We canâ€™t wait to join the team and bring many of the innovations weâ€™ve developed at FriendFeed to Facebookâ€™s 250 million users around the world,” said Taylor.
It’s great news for Facebook. Though I don’t use FriendFeed, I’d expect a number of its users are hoping that FF doesn’t disappear as separate product. After all, Facebook certainly isn’t for everyone.