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Developer(s)Blake Ross, Joe Hewitt
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeOperating system Edit this on Wikidata

Parakey is a web-based computer user interface proposed by Firefox contributors Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt.[1][2][3] Ross describes it as "a Web operating system that can do everything an OS can do." The idea behind it is to make image, video, and writing transfer to the web easier. He explains that the current problem with transferring data to the web is that in order to move an image onto the web you first have to transfer pictures from your digital camera, then upload them to a place like Flickr. Or, if you want to rant, you launch a blog on before you can start talking.[4]

On 20 July 2007 Parakey was bought by Facebook for an undisclosed sum. The purchase also included the developers' assistance in progressing Facebook.[5][6] Parakey was Facebook, Inc's first acquisition.[7]


  1. ^ "So about that project…". Archived from the original on 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  2. ^ "Firefox Kid's New Start Up, Parakey". November 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  3. ^ "Parakey?". Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  4. ^ Kushner, David (2006-11-02). "The Firefox Kid". IEEE Spectrum. Archived from the original on 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2006-11-02.
  5. ^ "Social site Facebook buys Parakey". BBC News. 2007-07-20.
  6. ^ "Facebook press release" (PDF). 2007-07-20. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-03-07.
  7. ^ "Facebook's Product Director Is Leaving And He Wrote A Really Funny Goodbye Note (FB) - SFGate". Archived from the original on 2013-02-23.