ただ、今回の買収でFacebookが手に入れたものは機能面というよりもFriendFeedの開発チームだと言った方が良いだろう。最も有名なのはおそらくPaul Buchheitということになるだろうか。Gmailの開発責任者であり、初期Googleで(実に利益をあげた)広告プロダクトを実現した人物だ。またGoogleの「Don’t be evil」というモットーの信奉者でもあった。Google出身の共同設立者としては他にもBret TaylorJim Norris、それにSanjeev Singhなども名を連ねている。


Update:尚、本記事の後に掲載されたFacebookのVP ProductsであるChris CoxとFriendFeedの共同設立者であるBret Taylorのインタビュー記事は必見だ。インタビューの中でFriendFeedの将来およびFacebookとの統合について語り合っている。

Update 2:FriendFeedはブログに今回の買収を認める記事を掲載した。FriendFeedのBret Taylorによれば、FriendFeedはしばらくの間現在の形におけるサービスも継続するとのこと。統合することになった両者は、長期的な観点からプロダクトの将来像について検討を進めているところらしい。また、APIについても当面の間は現状のままで動作する。

Update 3:Facebookは以下のプレスリリースを発表した(訳注:以下、英文のまま掲載いたします)。

PALO ALTO, CALIF.—August 10, 2009—Facebook today announced that it has agreed to acquire FriendFeed, the innovative service for sharing online. As part of the agreement, all FriendFeed employees will join Facebook and FriendFeed’s four founders will hold senior roles on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.

“Facebook and FriendFeed share a common vision of giving people tools to share and connect with their friends,” said Bret Taylor, a FriendFeed co-founder and, previously, the group product manager who launched Google Maps. “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.”

“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.”

FriendFeed is based in Mountain View, Calif. and has 12 employees. FriendFeed.com will continue to operate normally for the time being as the teams determine the longer term plans for the product.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not released.


(翻訳:Maeda, H)