Facebook takes aim at Twitter with FriendFeed

Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, has bought FriendFeed, an up-and-coming web service, in a sign that it plans to extend its lead over rivals such as Twitter.FriendFeed allows users to see what their friends are posting on different social media sites. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is likely to boost Facebook’s move into instant, real-time updates to compete with micro-blogging service Twitter.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article6790860.eceAlso see:Facebook in challenge to Google
Facebook has turned up the heat on Google by purchasing content-sharing service FriendFeed, say industry watchers.Many expected Google or even Twitter to buy the company, which has been praised for its “real-time” search engine.This type of search is valuable because it lets you know what is happening right now on any given subject.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8194508.stmFriendFeed Updates Status: Married to Facebook
FriendFeed, a social media tracker created in 2007 by a gang of ex-Googlers, has been acquired by Facebook for an undisclosed amount.”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 chief executive, in a news release. “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.”
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/10/friendfeed-updates-status-married-to-facebook/Facebook buys FriendFeed [IDG]
Facebook on Monday said it has agreed to purchase FriendFeed, a social-networking site that lets people share information and media files on the Web in real time.The companies, both private, did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. FriendFeed and Facebook already had a relationship in which Facebook users could access the FriendFeed application from within their Facebook profiles.

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