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Facebook buys Spool

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Mike Shaw

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Social / Facebook / July 16th 2012 at 2:15PM

Mobile bookmarking app shuts down, but staff join Team Zuckerbeg.

Facebook has acquired Spool, a mobile-oriented social bookmarking service started by Avichal Garg and Curtis Spencer.

While the service has already been shut down, in a rare move, users were automatically sent all their bookmarks, attached in a file called bookmarks.html. In an even rarer move, Spool has recommended users move to one of its competitors, like Delicious, Pocket or Instapaper.

The service has already been shut down. It never even made it out of beta. Users were sent an e-mail with all their bookmarks attached in a file called "bookmarks.html".

While Facebook have no interest in keeping the service alive, they are hanging on to all five Spool employees, and it's believed that their talents and technical innovations will be immensely useful for Facebook.

An article on GigaOm says: "At the app level, [Spool] was no different than… other immensely popular apps that can be used to read web content offline."

However, "Spool had built its own media-distribution network using servers and caching media content in various data centers. Web content you saved can be parsed, cached, queued up and made available for quick access on the apps or on the web. The approach to cache and share content extended beyond just web page content. It also allowed you to watch videos or other media inside the Spool app as well – spooled for instant view or offline viewing later."

A statement from Spool said: "We started Spool to make content easy to consume on a mobile device. To accomplish this, we built some very sophisticated technology and developed a deep expertise in mobile software development.

"We are proud to announce that we will be pursuing our vision as a part of Facebook," it added.