Facebook, the social networking giant, has picked up friend.ly, a Formspring-like question & answer site that is built on top of Facebook which enables users to learn more about their friends as well as meet up with new people. This particular site is just a couple of years old, having raised $5 million earlier this year from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Balderton Capital, SoftTechVC, Ron Conway, Naval Ravikant, Michael Birch, and Chamath Palihapitiya amongst others. Apparently, a little bit of tweaking here and there helped it experience sudden growth during the spring, boasting around 300,000 active users on a monthly basis at the moment.
In a friend.ly said in a blog post, is mentioned that the site ”will continue to operate as a separate service,” although the friend.ly team will be training their guns on new projects at Facebook. Not too sure how the entire arrangement is going to work out, but here is Facebook’s take on the matter – “We’re excited to announce that we recently acquired friend.ly, a Silicon Valley startup that created a really compelling way for people to express themselves and meet others through answering questions. We’ve admired the team’s efforts for some time now, and we’re looking forward to having Ed and his colleagues make a big impact on the way millions of people connect and engage with each other on Facebook.”
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