Today Mark Zuckerberg reaches the ripe old age of 30. To celebrate his birthday let’s look at eight companies that have been acquired by Facebook, for various reasons. Let’s all wish him a Happy Birthday with a list of companies that Facebook will use to take over the world.
FriendFeed was purchased by Facebook for 47.5 million dollars in 2009. They picked it up for their social networking aggregating, something that they’ve mastered since its acquisition.
We all remember Friendster, I’m sure that Mark Zuckerberg does as well considering that he paid 40 million in 2010 for their intellectual property and patents. We all wonder where our favorite social networking site went, and it was in front of our faces this whole time.
You’re thinking, “What does the American Farm Bureau Federation have to do with Facebook?” Well they paid the bureau 8.5 million in 2010 for the FB.com domain. At this point Facebook’s motto should be “Manifest Destiny”.
Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for one billion dollars. That’s a whole lot of money just so that they can look at your pictures.
In 2012 Facebook decided that they needed some new photo sharing tech, so they proceeded to buy Lightbox.com for “an undisclosed amount.” So coy.
2012 was a busy year for Facebook. Actually every year was a busy year for Facebook. One of their other acquisitions was Face.com for one hundred million dollars. From this transaction they got a facial recognition platform – which quickly found its way into improved automatic tagging.
Facebook’s most pricey acquisition may just be WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars. That sounds like a lot of money because it is an obscene amount of money. From this they hope to advance their mobile instant messaging.
One of their most recent acquisitions is Oculus VR, for which they paid two billion bucks. This outraged many, it also left an equal amount scratching their heads wondering how they were going to use the technology. Hopefully it will be for good, maybe use it to create a huge MMO.