Since 2007, Facebook has acquired nearly 50 companies. While many of the early acquisitions were deemed "acquihires," some of Facebook's more recent purchases point towards a new strategy focused on both immediate value and long-term bets on the future.
I've speculated about Facebook's moves since I started "watching" the company back in 2006. Their acquisition strategy has evolved over the years and it is hard to accurately predict the company's future acquisitions, but history provides a few patterns worth noting. Facebook is becoming a metaplatform - a conglomerate with multiple interconnected platforms - and its acquisitions are a hint of what we can expect the Facebook of the future to look like.
So I did a little research using Wikipedia and CrunchBase data and the results were interesting enough to want to share them. This infographic shows some of the highlights.
A few more notes about this at: http://socialnerdia.com/blog/2014/4/26/infographic-facebook-acquisition-analysis
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