has acquired FriendFeed, a Silicon Valley company
that lets Facebook members see what their friends are doing online and share
content. For the time being, FriendFeed will continue to operate as normal
until both teams determine longer term plans for the product.
The acquisition provides Facebook with an opportunity to
expand into real-time search. Because of its ability to conduct real-time
search, FriendFeed has been described as a rival to Twitter
may recall that Facebook attempted to buy Twitter last year but the deal never
"Facebook and FriendFeed share a common vision of
giving people tools to share and connect with their friends…. 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," FriendFeed co-founder
Bret Taylor said in a statement.
FriendFeed was founded by four former Google
employees in October 2007. The four founders of FriendFeed will be placed in
senior roles on Facebook's engineering and product teams. Other employees of FriendFeed
will join the Facebook team.