So everyone is all abuzz with the recent announcement that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed. According to the folks at FriendFeed,
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.
What does this mean? Well, it means Facebook gets an excellent development team from Friendfeed and access to the technology. After all, Facebook has been incorporating FriendFeed-type functionality already this year, with the addition of the real-time streaming news feed. The folks at FriendFeed have made it clear that, for now, nothing is changing with either the API or individual FriendFeed accounts, but that it’s time to look towards the future.
As for Facebook, they issued a press release that states
“As we spent time with Mark and his leadership team, we were impressed by the open, creative culture they’ve built and their desire to have us contribute to it,” said Paul Buchheit, another FriendFeed co-founder. Buchheit, the Google engineer behind Gmail and the originator of Google’s “Don’t be evil” motto, added, “It was immediately obvious to us how passionate Facebook’s engineers are about creating simple, ground-breaking ways for people to share, and we are extremely excited to join such a like-minded group.”
Taylor and Buchheit founded FriendFeed along with Jim Norris and Sanjeev Singh in October 2007 after all four played key roles at Google for products like Gmail and Google Maps. At FriendFeed, they’ve brought together a world-class team of engineers and designers.
“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.”
Sometimes I wonder about acquisitions and wonder if companies are buying for the sake of buying. This is one partnership that works in my mind and that will, hopefully, benefit all of us who use Facebook.