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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
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. Friendfeed will be closed in April of 2015 [4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

The founders are all former Google 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 agreed to acquire FriendFeed.[7] FriendFeed was bought for $15 million in cash, and $32.5 million in Facebook stock.[8]

After the acquisition by Facebook the service has been kept active, with a small loyal community using it on daily basis, even as the main point of presence online, despite the rise of more recent and successful competing platforms. On March 9, 2015 in a message published on the official blog,[9] the final shut down of the social network has been announced for a month later, due to constant decreasing to the overall size of the community.

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. ^ "Dear FriendFeed community, We wanted to let you know that FriendFeed will be shutting down soon]]". Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  5. ^ "FriendFeed launch cover on VentureBeat, October 1, 2007". Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Just How Much is the Conversation Worth?", July 3, 2008
  7. ^ "Facebook Press Release". Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  8. ^ MG Siegler (@parislemon) (2009-08-10). "Techcrunch Sale Price". Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  9. ^ "Dear FriendFeed community ...". 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  10. ^ Feeds, Tweet (2009-02-10). "Adding an RSS/Atom feed to FriendFeed". Retrieved 2013-11-25. 

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