Facebook buys Friendfeed and rivals Twitter in live search

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Facebook buys Friendfeed and rivals Twitter in live search

Rebecca Thomson

Facebook has acquired the social network Friendfeed, a Silicon Valley startup company which allows people to see what their friends are doing online and share content.

It is possible that Facebook will use Friendfeed to rival microblogging service Twitter, as it has similar capacities in real-time search. Facebook made a failed attempt to buy Twitter last year.

Facebook is also releasing its own real time search engine in a further sign that it is looking to directly rival Twitter. The search engine will search photos, status updates, notes, links and videos over the previous 30 days.

Friendfeed was founded by four former Google employees. They are Paul Buchheit, the engineer behind Gamil, Bret Taylor, the group product manager who launched Google Maps, Jim Norris and Sanjeev Singh.

Friendfeed said on its official blog, "The Friendfeed team is extremely excited to become a part of the talented Facebook team. We have always been great admirers of Facebook, and our companies share a common vision. Now we have the opportunity to bring many of the innovations we have developed at Friendfeed to Facebook's 250 million users around the world."

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