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Google Acquisitions
A timeline of acquisitions by Google

 4:58 pm on Jun 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

  1. 2001/02/12 - Google Acquires Usenet Discussion Service and Significant Assets from Deja.com
    - Google Groups

  2. 2001/09/20 - Google Acquires Technology Assets of Outride Inc.
    - Online Information Retrieval Technologies

  3. 2003/02/00 - Google Acquires Pyra Labs
    - Blogger

  4. 2003/04/00 - Google Acquires Neotonic Software
    - Technology for Email Customer Support (CRM)

  5. 2003/04/23 - Google Acquires Applied Semantics
    - Advertising Technology

  6. 2003-09-30 - Google Acquires Kaltix Corp
    - Personalized and Context Sensitive Search Engine Technology

  7. 2003/10/07 - Google Acquires Genius Labs
    - Blogging

  8. 2004/05/10 - Google Acquires Ignite Logic
    - Web Templates for Law Firms and Small Businesses

  9. 2004/06/23 - Google Acquires 2.6% Stake in Baidu.com
    2006/06/24 - Google Sells 2.6% Stake in Baidu.com
    - Chinese Language Search Engine

  10. 2004/07/13 - Google Acquires Picasa
    - Digital Photo Management

  11. 2004/10/27 - Google Acquires Keyhole Corp
    - Digital Mapping (Google Earth)

  12. 2004/10/00 - Google Acquires Where 2 Technologies
    - Digital Mapping (Google Maps)

  13. 2004/12/00 - Google Acquires ZipDash
    - Maps and Traffic for Mobile Devices

  14. 2005/01/00 - Google Acquires 2Web Technologies
    - Google Spreadsheets

  15. 2005/03/28 - Google Acquires Urchin Software
    - Web Analytics Software

  16. 2005/05/12 - Google Acquires Dodgeball
    - Mobile Social Networking

  17. 2005/07/00 - Google Acquires Reqwireless Inc
    - Java ME Browser

  18. 2005/07/07 - Google Acquires Current Communications Group
    - Broadband Internet (BPL - Broadband over Power Line)

  19. 2005/08/17 - Google Acquires Android
    - Software for Mobile Phones (Operating Systems for Cell Phones?)

  20. 2005/09/15 - Google Acquires Transformic Inc
    - Search Engines for the Deep Web

  21. 2005/11/00 - Google Acquires Skia
    - Graphics Software Engineering

  22. 2005/11/17 - Google Acquires Akwan Information Technologies
    - Latin American Operations Center (Brazil, Mexico, Latin America)

  23. 2005/12/20 - Google Acquires 5.0% Stake in AOL

  24. 2006/01/17 - Google Acquires dMarc Broadcasting
    - Digital Solutions for Radio Broadcasting Industry

  25. 2006/02/14 - Google Acquires Measure Map
    - Web Analytics for Blogs

  26. 2006/03/09 - Google Acquires Upstartle (Writely)
    - Web Based Collaborative Document Editor (Online Word Processing)

  27. 2006/03/14 - Google Acquires @Last Software
    - SketchUp 3D Modeling

  28. 2006/04/09 - Google Acquires Orion
    - Referential Search Engine

  29. 2006/08/15 - Google Acquires Neven Vision
    - Automatic Information Extraction from Photos

  30. 2006/10/31 - Google Acquires Jotspot Inc
    - Wiki Technology for Collaborative Websites

  31. 2006/11/13 - Google Acquires YouTube Inc
    - Consumer Media Company (Watch and Share Videos)

  32. 2006/12/00 - Google Acquires Endoxon
    - Geo Mapping Software

  33. 2007/01/00 - Google Acquires Xunlei (Partial Acquisition)
    - File Sharing Website

  34. 2007/03/00 - Google Acquires Adscape Media
    - In-Game Advertising for Video Games

  35. 2007/03/16 - Google Acquires Gapminder's Trendalyzer Software
    - Presentation Software

  36. 2007/04/13 - Google Acquires Doubleclick
    - Advertising Technology Platform

  37. 2007/04/17 - Google Acquires Tonic Systems
    - Presentation Creation and Document Conversion Technology

  38. 2007/04/19 - Google Acquires Marratech
    - Video Conferencing Software

  39. 2007/05/11 - Google Acquires Green Border Technologies
    - Secure Connections for Web Browsing and Email

  40. 2007/05/30 - Google Acquires Panoramio
    - Community Photos Website (Works with Google Earth)

  41. 2007/06/01 - Google Acquires Feedburner
    - Feed Distribution and Management Tools

  42. 2007/07/02 - Google Acquires GrandCentral Communications
    - Services for Managing Voice Communications

My goal is to make this the Definitive List of Google Acquisitions. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated in providing any additional information that I may have overlooked or information that may not be 100% accurate. I put a lot of time and research into this as I follow Google Acquisitions closely.

I'll have to give credit where it is due and thank William (Bill) Slawski (SEO by the SEA) for his continued coverage on Google Acquisitions and Patents.

I'd like to give credit to the Wiki Editor for the Google Acquisitions page. Although some of the Wiki information may be incorrect/inaccurate. ;)

And of course credit is due to The Official Google Blog for keeping us informed as these acquistions become final.

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:21 am (utc) on June 6, 2007]

[edited by: goodroi at 3:15 pm (utc) on July 3, 2007]
[edit reason] updated info from pageoneresults [/edit]



 8:02 am on Jun 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

And now the bookmakers have discovered Google. "The online bookmakers finally took notice of Google and now there are betting odds on the company. At Bodog (new window) people from all over the world can bet on which company will Google buy out next:"


Associated Press sits at 7/1


 11:21 am on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

Wow, What a list. We all knew these things, but seeing them on a master list is impressive. Is it possible to add the purchase price also?


 11:23 am on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

Google should tell it itself [google.com]


 12:20 pm on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

How much did they spend in total?


 12:25 pm on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

How much did they spend in total?

Hard to say at this point as many of the amounts were "undisclosed". I'd have to guess over $7.5 Billion?

Although some of the Wiki information may be incorrect/inaccurate. ;)

Hehehe, the Wiki Editor for that page must have gotten wind of this topic. :)

But seeing them on a master list is impressive.

It kind of gives you a different perspective when you see them all in one list. Digging for them all really gives you a different perspective. ;)

Is it possible to add the purchase price also?

I will add that to the todo list and put together what I can. I'm hoping other WebmasterWorld members will come to my rescue and provide some assistance with adding more information. Assembling the list and verifying dates and timeline was a task in itself.


 1:07 pm on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)



 1:13 pm on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

PIR, correct spelling is Bill Slawski

[edited by: jatar_k at 3:10 pm (utc) on June 4, 2007]
[edit reason] no urls thanks [/edit]


 2:39 pm on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I typically don't do "nice posts" posts, but that's a nice piece of work! Good job, pageoneresults. Bookmarked!


 2:52 pm on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I hope they get around to acquiring my site soon. I could use a new Lexus.


 8:03 pm on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

Great stuff. thanks for taking the time to collaborate.


 8:57 pm on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I think Salesforce will be their next major acquisition.


 9:02 pm on Jun 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I hope they get around to acquiring my site soon.

Here's the way I see it...

If you have a technology that fits in with Google's culture, and you've developed that technology and have started a following, you are on Google's Acquisition radar. From what I'm seeing by following the timeline and connecting the dots, Google is not going to let any new technology take the limelight unless their name is on it.

The 2002 year seemed like a year of planning? No acquisitions that I can immediately find. Its almost like they were waiting in limbo to see where the market was heading and then WHAM, the acquisitions start and continue from that point forward.

Seriously, if you have an application that you've developed and you've done it better than everyone else, including Google, you may end up on the above list of companies acquired by Google. ;)


 1:32 am on Jun 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

The owners of iRows were hired by Google, and shut down their site, though the news around the hiring notes that they retained their intellectual property in the software they developed? Acquisition?

The developer of the Vutool mapping software, Sebastian Thrun who is Director of the Stanford AI Lab notes on his homepage that in his spare time, he also works for a landscaping company. The phrase "landscaping company" is a link to a Google Map at 1600 amphitheatre, mountain view, ca. Joke? Or is he a part time Googler?

Techcrunch reported at the end of March that his company had been acquired.


 12:35 am on Jun 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

2007/06/01 - Google acquired Peakstream, Inc.
Multiprocessor and GPU software


 1:50 pm on Jun 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks Bill. I'm going to be updating the above list over the next couple of days to include a few links that are not there and then I'm going to include those companies that are not on the list and were acquired by Google. Just waiting for the right time. ;)


 2:45 pm on Jun 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Another acquisition by Google on June 19th - Zenter, Inc., which makes online presentation software.


 3:23 pm on Jul 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

and the list gets longer with grand central being added

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