A post on Face.com's blog confirmed that Facebook has acquired the Israel-based company. The company specializes in facial recognition software. Some of its more popular applications include the ability to detect and recognize faces in photos. According to the software company CEO Gil Hirsch's post on the company blog, "By working with Facebook directly, and joining their team, we'll have more opportunities to build amazing products that will be employed by consumers - that's all we've ever wanted to do. :)"
This could be the start of a wonderful integration with the Facebook development team. Face.com, like Facebook, is very developer oriented. This coexistence should be the start of some very interesting Facebook applications. Both companies will work together to develop applications utilitizing the facial recognition technology. Tagging friends and family in your Facebook photos will only get easier with this acquisition. That will make it easier for Facebook users to connect and find each other.
Facebook has recently been battling the disastrous launch of its IPO on the NASDAQ. Perhaps they are thinking that some new technology will shake things up a bit and get them some positive press releases. They have been talking about buying Face.com for a while now. Maybe they decided that after their IPO they needed to make some moves. Whatever the case, this acquisition will likely provide fun new applications for Facebook users all over.