• John PJohn P, over 4 years ago

    You must be new, that's now how Google/Facebook acqui-hiring work.

    You see when a product you like gets bought by Google/Twitter/Facebook/Dropbox then that means the product is dead, stop using it, stop relying on it, you were foolish to rely on it at all if they ever intended to sell out to the big 4.

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    • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 4 years ago

      From what I've heard from engineers at google, acquisitions have to pass internal coding standards to be supported. Most startups have pretty poor code so they rarely get re-released, Google just end up rebuilding them as google products (in the case of Sparrow, it became Inbox)

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      • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 4 years ago

        Well, they can rewrite Sparrow, don't you think? Just leave it as it is but with the Google Standards. Inbox is HTML.

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        • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 4 years ago

          they could, but it's probably not in their business interest to do so.

          (Inbox is also iOS and Android app I believe)

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    • Andrew RasmussenAndrew Rasmussen, over 4 years ago

      I'm probably biased because I used to work at Facebook but I feel like FB is actually a lot better at acquisitions. Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus were all big acquisitions that have definitely not died. I'd love to hear some recent counter examples.

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      • John PJohn P, over 4 years ago

        I'd just argue FB hasn't shown their true colours yet, let's see what happens when their main product userbase is in free fall, shouldn't be long now.

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