Blogging site Storylane has just announced that they've been acquired by Facebook for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is talent-based, as Storylane's Jonathan Gheller says that Facebook will not be acquiring any of their data.
Storylane, a social-blogging site, billed itself a "story telling" network. It was founded two years ago and prompted people to share longer-form personal stories.
“The team from Storylane will be an incredible addition to Facebook,” said Facebook in a statement. “Their previous work showcasing real identity through sincere and meaningful content will make them a perfect fit at Facebook.”
Here's Gheller's full post on the move:
Two years ago the team behind Storylane began working to help people connect in more fruitful and meaningful ways. We took on a mission – trying to help people better communicate who they are and what they care about, improve the way we do business with each other, find love and make new friendships. And at the heart of this work has always been our drive to build a more genuine online identity.
After a lot of discussions with Facebook about how our teams might work together to have even greater impact, we are announcing today that the Storylane team will be joining Facebook.
This is an exciting opportunity. Facebook’s mission of connecting the world has always been at the center of our work, and like our friends at Facebook, meaningful connections are what our team is most passionate about.
The beautiful stories you have decided to share with us are yours to keep and share in however way you want. We are building tools that will help you migrate the content to other services if you so desire. I will be in touch with you about those specific tools later, but I can confirm that Facebook is not acquiring any of your data; and we’re working to make sure you can migrate your content in a manageable way.
We want to give special thanks to our investors who supported us and encouraged us to dream big. It has been an absolute honor to work alongside such an outstanding group of people. Our journey as a young company was made possible by their commitment and patience. Without their guidance we would not be in a position to further our mission through Facebook.
Most of all, I want to thank our users. Your passion, sincerity and willingness to share, has made Storylane the incredible experience that exists today. We have learned so much from you. Your ideas and creativity will stay with us and inspire us on the next stage of our journey.
As I'm sure you're aware, Facebook just unveiled a dramatic news feed redesign that focuses on more visually-oriented stories.[via GigoOm]