FriendFeed to Shut Down April 9

Facebook acquired FriendFeed in August 2009, and the latter announced in a blog post Monday that it was shuttering April 9.

FriendFeedScreenshotFacebook acquired FriendFeed in August 2009, and the latter announced in a blog post Monday that it was shuttering April 9.

Facebook software engineer Benjamin Golub, who worked at FriendFeed prior to the acquisition, wrote in the blog post:

We wanted to let you know that FriendFeed will be shutting down soon. We’ve been maintaining the service since we joined Facebook five years ago, but the number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining, and the community is now just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we’ve decided that it’s time to start winding things down.

Beginning today, we will no longer accept new signups. You will be able to view your posts, messages and photos until April 9. On April 9, we’ll be shutting down FriendFeed and it will no longer be available.

We want to thank you all for being such a terrific and enthusiastic community. We’re proud of what we built so many years ago, and we recognize that it would have never been possible without your support.

Former Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor, who left the social network in 2012 to launch word-processing application Quip, was one of FriendFeed’s co-founders and also came over to Facebook via the acquisition.

Readers: Did you ever use FriendFeed?