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Web address
Type of site
Social aggregator
Available in Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Owner Facebook Inc.
Launched October 2007 (2007-10)
Alexa rank
negative increase 1,683 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Online

FriendFeed is a real-time feed aggregator that consolidates the updates from social media and social networking websites, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging updates, as well as any other type of RSS/Atom feed. Created by Bret Taylor, Jim Norris, Paul Buchheit and Sanjeev Singh.[2] It is possible to use this stream of information to create customized feeds to share, as well as originate new posts-discussions, (and comment) with friends.[3] Friendfeed is built on top of Tornado.

The goal of FriendFeed according to their website is to make content on the Web more relevant and useful by using existing social networks as a tool for discovering interesting information. Users can be an individual, business or organization. Bloggers writing about FriendFeed have said that this service addresses the shortcomings of social media services which exclusively facilitate tracking of their own members' social media activities on that particular social media service, whereas FriendFeed provides the facility to track these activities (such as posting on blogs, Twitter, and Flickr) across a broad range of different social networks.[4] Some bloggers are concerned about readers commenting on their posts inside FriendFeed instead of on their blogs, resulting in fewer page views for the blogger.[5]

The founders are all former Google Inc. employees who were involved in the launch of services such as Gmail and Google Maps. They include Paul Buchheit, Jim Norris, Sanjeev Singh and Bret Taylor. Venture capital agency Benchmark Capital is involved with the investment funding.

FriendFeed is based in Mountain View, California, and had on average one million monthly visitors. Employees of FriendFeed created the Simple Update Protocol to reduce the load put on sites by aggregators such as theirs.

On August 10, 2009, Facebook Inc. agreed to acquire FriendFeed.[6] FriendFeed was bought for $15 million in cash, and $32.5 million in Facebook stock.[7]

Supported services[edit]

A user can configure their FriendFeed account to aggregate content from the following services:











See also[edit]

  • Locker, an open source alternative that aims to provide a similar, but more ambitious service.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "FriendFeed FAQ". Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "AT&T and Verizon Wireless Offer New Services for Friends" September 9th, 2008 New York Times, retrieved September 11th, 2008
  4. ^ "FriendFeed launch cover on VentureBeat, October 1, 2007". Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Just How Much is the Conversation Worth?", July 3, 2008
  6. ^ "Facebook Press Release". Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  7. ^ MG Siegler (@parislemon) (2009-08-10). "Techcrunch Sale Price". Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  8. ^ Feeds, Tweet (2009-02-10). ""Adding an RSS/Atom feed to FriendFeed"". Retrieved 2013-11-25. 

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