An International Herald Tribune article has said that before Facebook sued German social networking site, which actually looks like Facebook, StudiVZ; it actually tried to buy them.
According to Silicon Alley Insider, StudiVZ has 10 times more traffic than Facebook has in Germany, so it would make sense they would buy it – maybe to avoid a costly legal proceeding. Just one problem – the owners wanted €85 million for it, or $134 million – the same amount that it had paid for StudiVZ.
While Facebook has not confirmed it, an employee for the company (who is not named) has confirmed that the two companies were in talks for the company.
A former executive is saying as well that it was an attempt to encourage Holtzbrinck, the current owners, to sell StudiVZ to Facebook.