Facebook Bought Friendfeed, Will Google Buy Twitter?

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Oopsies! Did anybody see this coming? I mean Facebook and Friendfeed joining forces. The official announcement from both Facebook and Friendfeed is out. Facebook agrees to acquire Friendfeed and Friendfeed accepts Facebook friend request and they live happily ever after. But how about the loyal Friendfeed users? Will they live happily ever after as well? There were no details on the financial aspects of the merger yet. Any idea how much Facebook bought Friendfeed? But as part of the deal, all FF employees will join Facebook including FF’s four founders who will all occupy senior positions on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.

FF’s top man Bret Taylor has this to say:

“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.”

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has this to say about the deal:

“Since I first tried FriendFeed, I’ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information, 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.”

And what does Friendfeed’s most ardent user and follower has to say about this deal? The Scobleizer has this to say:

I am excited! Facebook has 800 employees and 300 million users. This makes both companies much more important. – Robert Scoble  from iPhone

Alright, goodluck to Friendfeed and may the FF boys find happiness with their decision to join Facebook. As for Friendfeed users who hated Twitter’s noise and refused to use Facebook as well because of those noise, welcome to the jungle folks.

Now, Google needs to buy  Twitter so that we can all live happily ever after.

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google, Ask.com, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
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  • https://www.searchenginejournal.com Loren Baker, Editor

    No, Google won’t buy Twitter … but Microsoft (which owns part of Facebook) will ūüôā

  • http://dezfutak.com Dez Futak

    Interesting! I wonder if Twitter would allow themselves to be bought out by Google…Twitter is now a massive player in the social media/marketing world in its own right, and so far they’ve resisted requests from the Big G.

    Case in point: since Twitter took off in early 2009, I hardly do any active PPC marketing. I’m not saying they’re mutually exclusive..after all, you can get traffic incredibly quickly using PPC with Google (or Bing/Yahoo for that matter).

    What I’m trying to say is that Twitter offers an incredibly powerful platform for connecting people together on many levels…something that the Google team might well be very envious of. After all, Google’s primary business model up to now has been to ‘just’ provide information…and that’s only the tip of the iceberg in any social or business context.

    This probably explains why Google is launching it’s own social media platform (Google Wave) immanently…

    Dez Futak.

    • Thomas Wright

      There are just so many things wrong with this comment, Dez Futak. First, Google owns YouTube (a social utility that spreads usercreated videos), Picasa (which acts like photobucket to share photos), GoogleDocs (which allows social userability to make documents), and Blogger (the original weblog for users to share what they’re up to).

      And since we’re on the subject, Twitter has NOT been refusing Google. They were into the late stages of negotiations before Twitter CEO backed down and reconsidered. And, for the record, this would NOT be the first purchase of a creation by Twitter’s founders. Google also bought Blogger from the same duo (Dorsey and Williams).

      • Thomas Wright

        Oh wait, I wasn’t done naming Google acquisitions that spread much further than ‘just’ providing information:

        Deja, a usenet company, later renamed Google Groups.
        GrandCentral, a VoiP company, later renamed GoogleVoice.
        And not to mention their chat service, GoogleTalk.
        Or their e-mail, Gmail.

        I dunno. Take your pick. Name a type of thing that allows people to socialize and you’ll find Google somewhere on the list.

  • A Page

    Real time search is definitely an incredibly functional tool. A good website in this space is http://www.gethighnote.com, which has search as well as track and share. It’s results are pretty useful and the track has helped me find some pretty cool information that might otherwise get lost.

  • http://the-mustang.com themustng

    that’s a great news for all the social media marketers
    the chain is ready for distribute media all over the net.
    starting a new buzzz. using both sites for expanding
    all your marketing work.

  • http://www.tag44.com Tag44

    Well i don’t think so that Twitter is salable, no matter what prize will Google offer but Twitter won’t accept it.