Monday, August 10, 2009

Take Over The Breaks Over

Friendfeed & FacebookImage by Dekuwa via Flickr

Just like everybody else, I was shocked when I read the news that Facebook had acquired Friendfeed. It was obvious that Mark Zuckerberg admired the real-time feed aggregator, borrowing many of the popular features and introducing them to the mainstream.
Why FriendFeed? Because it’s fun, fast and conversational. And because everyone has something to share.
This quote is from the About Us section on Friendfeed and if I were Mark Zuckerberg they would be the core features of interes, especially considering the advances Facebook are making in the real-time space. Consolidating the updates from social media and social networking websites, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging updates, as well as any other type of RSS/ Atom feed.
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. [Source]
The founders of Friendfeed are all former Google employees who were involved in the launch of such services as Gmail and Google Maps. They include Paul Buchheit, Jim Norris, Sanjeev Singh and Bret Taylor. Facebook are the clear winners of this acquisition, acquiring a popular startup and an intelligent team of people. I like the posts from Steve Rubel who feels Friendfeed should become Facebook Labs and Robert Scoble who believes FriendFeed is now Facebook’s “official” R&D department! Here is the official press release for more information..

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