Facebook’s FriendFeed Service Shutting Down


The Facebook-owned service FriendFeed will be closing permanently on April 9, and is no longer accepting any new sign-ups.

FriendFeed compiles updates from sites like Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Twitter and more into one convenient stream. This social filtering service hit the Web in 2007, and became a subsidiary of Facebook in 2009 for an undisclosed sum. Since then, FriendFeed has lost many of its users.

“We’ve been maintaining the service since we joined Facebook five years ago, but the number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining and the community is now just a fraction of what it once was,” the company said in a blog post. “Given this, we’ve decided that it’s time to start winding things down.”

“We want to thank you all for being such a terrific and enthusiastic community,” the team wrote. “We’re proud of what we built so many years ago, and we recognize that it would have never been possible without your support.”

FriendFeed was created by former Google employees Paul Buchheit, Jim Norris, and Sanjeev Singh, who previously worked on projects such as Gmail and Google Maps.