Facebook announced its first acquisition today – a low-profile and unlaunched Web OS startup by Firefox founders’ Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt called Parakey — for an undisclosed sum (tens of millions?).

Parakey was founded in 2005 and, though unlaunched, was to be a platform of tools that could manipulate ‘just about anything‘ on your hard drive, closely bridging the gap between your desktop and the web. The startup received early seed fianancing from Sequoia.

The obvious impact of this acquisition is the Facebook Platform. Ross and Hewitt are reportedly going to be immediately joining Facebook, and if it is anything like it sounds, we can start expecting some really cool stuff from Facebook soon.

According to TechCrunch‘s rumour radar, Google was a bidder for Parakey but couldn’t compete with its pre-IPO stock (or at least, possiblities.) An official press release should be issued sometime soon.

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  1. Josh Miller

    July 20, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Facebook seems to be making lots of headlines these days. A newsletter released this morning on sitepoint.com goes very in-depth and makes as good point about the future of web 2.0 social projects. Namely, the open platform and what that means to developers.

    A very interesting read… both this article and the link I’m about to paste. It leaves me wondering, why can’t people be this social with their neighbors?


  2. Pierre

    July 22, 2007 at 3:44 am

    This open platfomr project is very interesting. Josh has a point in asking : why can’t people be more social with their neighbors ?

    Well, in fact, Web 2.0 can be an enhancer of local social relations with neighbours. In Paris, web sites like http://www.peuplade.fr and http://www.onvasortir.com are helping hundreds of people from that metropolitan area to meet at cafés, concerts, picnics, etc.

    I am sure the same exists in other big cities around the world. So let’s not oppose virtual social networks to real social relations. The former can be a tool for the latter…

  3. Wayne Smallman

    July 23, 2007 at 2:46 am

    No disrespect to Sid, but the comments are more interesting than the story…

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  8. dailyfriends

    July 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    There is awesome difference between real and virtual social relation. Never forget that a virtual contact session is, at first glance, just you in front of a screen and a keyboard.

    There is also http://www.dailyfriends.com (UK version http://en.dailyfriends.com ) can help people to socialize in big city.

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