Friend.ly, the social networking website that is not meant to be confused with the recently-bankrupted casual dining chain Friendly’s, has been acquired by social network Facebook. Specifics of the deal were not disclosed.
Two years ago, we started friend.ly to enhance your social networking experience by creating a fun, easy way to express yourself and meet new people by answering questions.
Since then, we’ve seen you compliment each other, ask poignant questions, and tell the world more about the “real” you. The you who could survive with only a copy of Atlas Shrugged on a desert island. The you who has memorized every word of every episode of Dexter. And the you who yearns to meet more people who also love tennis, find ice cream to be therapeutic, and think existentialism is fascinating.
All of you have answered millions of questions, and today we’d like to answer the following question for you: “What’s next for friend.ly?”
Our answer: friend.ly has been acquired by Facebook.
We’re excited about this because we feel the spirit of friend.ly aligns well with Facebook’s vision, and we’re thrilled to be joining such an innovative company. The friend.ly team will be focusing on new projects at Facebook, but friend.ly will continue to operate as a separate service.
We want to thank you – from the bottom of our hearts – for sharing your hopes, your memories and your humor with the friend.ly community. Thank you for your unwavering support of our product and your dedication to helping us make it better. Thank you also to our investors and advisors for your invaluable advice and your faith in our team and ideas.