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With FriendFeed, Facebook Aims to Rule Social Media

FriendFeed buy is bid to consolidate Internet

(Newser) - Facebook’s $47.5 million purchase of FriendFeed is about more than competing with Twitter in real-time search, Chadwick Matlin argues for the Washington Post. Facebook could use FriendFeed and Facebook Connect to become a “social media aggregator”—a hub for all content its users create and peruse... More »

Facebook (Mistakenly) Unveils 'Lite' Version

(Newser) - Facebook is testing a stripped-down version called “Facebook Lite” that loads faster but has limited functionality, TechCrunch reports. The beta was mistakenly revealed to a larger-than-intended set of users; some who did see it noticed a similarity to Twitter and Facebook's recently acquired FriendFeed. The social networking site says... More »

Facebook Buys Rival FriendFeed for $50M

Purchase sets up battle with Twitter for real-time search market

(Newser) - Facebook is buying fellow social networking site FriendFeed for nearly $50 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. Friendfeed, a 12-employee outfit founded by former Google engineers, allowed users to share information across multiple social media services but never took off beyond a core techie user base. The purchase may help... More »

'Lifestreaming' Challenges Traditional Social Networking

FriendFeed leads new aggregation services

(Newser) - A new kind of open social networking is gaining a foothold with online leaders. “Lifestreaming” services like FriendFeed—launched in February by ex-Google employees—let users bring online social activities from various sources together in one feed. Leader FriendFeed is logging 150,000 visitors a month, but the big... More »

Post to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter In One Shot

Startups look to combine social network feeds

(Newser) - Several new services join personal Internet feeds into a single space, meaning you don’t have to re-post the same new information to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The CEO of Seesmic, a video-conversation service, says it’s frustrating to pick through 10 different social networks—and his company has just... More »

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