Facebook’s Latest ‘Acqu-Hire’ Is Mobile Content-Caching Service Spool

By David Cohen 

The latest “acqu-hire” by Facebook is mobile content-caching startup Spool, which announced over the weekend that it was shuttering operations and that its team was joining the social network.

It’s no surprise that Facebook’s newest acquisition was in the mobile sector, as the social network has placed much of its focus there due to the skyrocketing percentage of users accessing it via mobile.

Spool launched in September 2011 with the goal of making any Internet content — text, audio, and video — available via mobile devices by using its application, browser add-on, or bookmarklet.

Spool’s first announcement on its blog Saturday dealt with shutting down its service:

Thank you for using Spool and providing feedback during our beta period. It’s been a pleasure to build Spool for you, and we’ve been flattered with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received. However, after careful consideration, we’ve decided to pursue our vision in a new way. If you were a Spool user, we’ve provided instructions on how to use your bookmarks in another service.

We’ll let you know of our post-Spool plans as soon as we have something to announce. Stay tuned!

Spool users didn’t have to “stay tuned” for long, as this announcement followed later Saturday:

We started Spool to make content easy to consume on a mobile device. To accomplish this, we built some very sophisticated technology and developed a deep expertise in mobile software development. We firmly believe that solving these problems will be increasingly important as the world accesses the Internet primarily through mobile devices.

We are proud to announce that today, we will be pursuing our vision as a part of Facebook. If you were a Spool user, please read the instructions on retaining your bookmarks.

We are extremely excited to accelerate our vision and help Facebook’s users connect and share with the people in their lives. We wouldn’t be in a position to have this sort of impact without our supporters and the Spool community. Please accept a heartfelt thank you for supporting us and for affording us this opportunity.

Facebook said in a statement about the deal, as reported by TechCrunch:

The Spool team has deep expertise in mobile software development and a passion for making content easy to consume. We’re excited for the team to join and accelerate their vision at Facebook.

Readers: What types of mobile apps and features do you think the Spool team will work on for Facebook?