Facebook Acquires FriendFeed

As first reported by TechCrunch, social-networking giant Facebook acquired online-sharing service FriendFeed. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Facebook said in a release that all FriendFeed employees will join Facebook and FriendFeed’s four founders will hold senior roles on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.

FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor wrote on the company blog that the site and its application-program interface would continue to operate normally, adding:

We are happy to announce that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed. As my mom explained to me, when two companies love each other very much, they form a structured investment vehicle …

The FriendFeed team is extremely excited to become a part of the talented Facebook team. We’ve always been great admirers of Facebook, and our companies share a common vision. Now we have the opportunity to bring many of the innovations we’ve developed at FriendFeed to Facebook’s 250 million users around the world and to work alongside Facebook’s passionate engineers to create even more ways for you to easily share with your friends online.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a release:

Since I first tried FriendFeed, I’ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information. 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.

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