Friendfeed Is Fading

Fond Farewell friendfeed

You’ll probably notice the friendfeed embeds are now gone. It is with great regret that I discovered today that Facebook has purchased friendfeed for ~50 million bucks. I’m happy for the dev team (woohoo cash), but I can’t help but feel there was greater potential for the friendfeed service than an early facebook purchase. There are already plans to move some of the founders of friendfeed into upper engineering management positions and other developers into various supporting roles. With little doubt the friendfeed team will no longer be spending their efforts soley on building friendfeed into a stronger social media platform. Instead they’ll be helping Facebook to grow and move forward.

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I mentioned not long ago that I’d like to see completely user owned open social media. Now more than ever I understand the need for such a service. All the connections and more importantly friendships I’ve forged online are likely to be affected by my diminished participation in a dying social platform (no firm commitment to continue the service from the friendfeed team). I hope to strengthen many of the social ties that were fairly recent but the social graph we carry with us is only as good as the people who go out of their way to keep in touch.

Years after college all of my close friends have moved out of the Long Island area. Rising costs combined with limited opportunities literally drove them out of state. I’m familiar with the mass exodus of good friends. Luckily I keep in touch with them via email, a social media platform that’s been around a while.

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  • http://twitter.com/Vukicevic Vladimir Vukicevic

    It's fascinating how fragile the new web is – both the Trim and FriendFeed examples showed us this fact this week.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    Folks like Brian Hendrickson and Dave Winer are trying to figure out ways to make new software efforts more reliable to users.

  • ron essel aka socrates

    this company eating company process is like watching an oscar eat other fish in a fishtank. i guess everyone is jockeying for a more secure vantage point, this way they have a better lay of the land and their competitors.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    It's a result of the driving force of venture investment. Almost all companies are looking for an exit, and with IPOs nonexistent the only liquidity event for investors/owners is a purchase event.

    Hopefully, that will change.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    It's a result of the driving force of venture investment. Almost all companies are looking for an exit, and with IPOs nonexistent the only liquidity event for investors/owners is a purchase event.

    Hopefully, that will change.