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Google buys Dodgeball

location-based (cell phones) social networking service

     
1:43 am on May 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Q: Why did dodgeball sell to Google?

A: As a two-person team, Alex and I have taken dodgeball about a far as we can alone. Since we finished grad school, we've been trying to figure out how to grow dodgeball and make it a better service along the way. We talked to a lot of different angel investors and venture capitalists, but no one really "got" what we were doing - that is until we met Google.

The people at Google think like us. They looked at us in a "You're two guys doing some pretty cool stuff, why not let us help you out and let's see what you can do with it" type of way. We liked that. Plus, Alex and I are both Google superfans and the people we've met so far are smart, cool and excited about what they're working on.

[dodgeball.com...]

4:06 am on May 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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they're called ads and it's called tracking. Personally, I'll be fine without any of this.

"they could recognize what street you were on in Manhatten and direct you to the "best" pizza slice in the area"

9:37 am on May 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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One thing I can't actually make out from the Dodgeball site: do they use GPS geolocation? Or is it simply a matter of text messaging where you are and them comparing the name of the place to a database they have?
9:56 am on May 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wonder what Patches O'Herlihan will do for the new company.
10:40 am on May 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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*owned*
4:41 pm on May 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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They don't use GPS geolocation. As far as I know in the US, only Nextel has offered GPS geolocation stuff from their phone. It drives me insane. When I pull up mapquest on my phone, why the heck can't the carrier send where I am to mapquest?
7:23 am on May 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I liked this post on slashdot:

Soon, you'll drive your Google to the Google to get some Google for your Google.

I would change it slightly: You'll drive your Google to the Walmart to get....

7:46 am on May 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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More like:

You'll drive your Google to the Walmart to get a gallon of Microsoft.

2:58 pm on May 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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mmmmm....Microsoft
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1% or skim microsoft is better for ya.
9:26 am on May 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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> No offense to Google or Dodgeball or anything, but the whole thing seems kinda silly.
>Are people actually doing this? Who walks around town typing text messages of where they are?

To my generation [20 somethings] and all those preceding me, txt is an integral social interaction tool these days. Sad to say. However its true.
Its only a matter of time before that channel is tapped into fully. This is just the tip of the iceberg my friends.

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To my generation [20 somethings] and all those preceding me, txt is an integral social interaction tool these days. Sad to say. However its true.
Its only a matter of time before that channel is tapped into fully. This is just the tip of the iceberg my friends.

All that tells me is that your generation is easily sold.

:P

Text messaging from cell phones as a form of communication is the most inefficient way to communicate electronically. I mean jeeze, you have the phone RIGHT THERE - just call them. These commercials where parents text-message their kids to say Happy Birthday instead of calling them are retarded. And your generation fell for their marketing ploy hook, line, and sinker. :)

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To my generation [20 somethings] and all those preceding me, txt is an integral social interaction tool these days. Sad to say. However its true.

My wife is a teacher and marvels at the abilites of her students to txt. Fingers a flyin and no lookin at the keys.

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All that tells me is that your generation is easily sold.

:P

Text messaging from cell phones as a form of communication is the most inefficient way to communicate electronically. I mean jeeze, you have the phone RIGHT THERE - just call them. These commercials where parents text-message their kids to say Happy Birthday instead of calling them are retarded. And your generation fell for their marketing ploy hook, line, and sinker. :)

I was merely expressing my thoughts on how our generation has reacted to the mobile trend. Here in Ireland at least, I am sure it is different everywhere. It was not an invitation for you to be condescending and imply gullibility.
Many kids these days use txt as a much more cost effective method of communication.
I agree that the art of conversation is dying however.

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