Facebook Acquires FriendFeed
Facebook announced today that it has agreed to acquire FriendFeed, a Mountain View, California-based social networking site focused on contenting sharing. All FriendFeed employees will join Facebook, and FriendFeed's four founders will hold "senior roles on Facebook's engineering and product teams."
“Facebook and FriendFeed share a common vision of giving people tools to share and connect with their friends,” said Bret Taylor, a FriendFeed co-founder and, previously, the group product manager who launched Google Maps. “We can’t wait to join the team and bring many of the innovations we’ve developed at FriendFeed to Facebook’s 250 million users around the world.”
“Since I first tried FriendFeed, I’ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "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."
In October 2007, Bret Taylor, Paul Buchheit, Jim Norris, and Sanjeev Singh founded FriendFeed. All four had had the experience of working at Google and contributing to products such as Gmail and Google Maps.