Google Buys Dodgeball.com

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Google buys mobile social networking site Dodgeball.com
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Other than having a slightly cool domain name, not sure where they are going with this one. If I understand it correctly you set up a profile, invite your friends, then when you go to bar/club you sign in and it textr messages your friends telling them where you are.

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.

[edit: URL cleaned up because session ID was logging me in as someone]

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What is dodgeball.com? I can't figure out what it is for.

what is dodgeball?

one of those ideas you have when you're drunk and then think it would be stupid when you sober up :) If I'd known you could sell stuff like that to Google I'd be a millionaire by now.

As far as I can tell you and all your mates sign up, upload your pics, and have a look for people you fancy. You have a list of 'friends' and a list of 'people I'd like to meet'.

Then when you're at the Toolbox (or wherever you hang out) you send your location to Dodgeball who then tell your 'friends' where to find you and invite 'pyltm list' to come and meet you by sending your pic and location as a text.

Sort of a lazy combination social secretary/dating service.

The Portalisation of Goog continues.

 

Its actually [imo] quite the genius amalgamation of GPS style location tracking, and social networking. Though I've not used it, I can see it being quite neat. Given the time to develop, and the ability to customise it extensively to your individual needs (say, 'pinging' the service to say when you want notifications that others are around) I think it could really help some people.

Tailored right, it could easily have 'corporate user' and 'hipster' (heh) tiers. Different strokes.

 

This post by Clay Shirky explains a bit about the deal. It looks like GOOG just bought itself an top team of mobile/social networking types (albeit only a 2 man team...)

cellphone

everything cell is "cexy" these days - look for more of that coming from Google, and the others as well.

Does it work in reverse?

Does it allow you to see the dreebs coming, so you can slip out of a side door? Now, that would be useful.

Re: reverse

Does it allow you to see the dreebs coming, so you can slip out of a side door?

LOL! With a name like Dodgeball, you'd think that's exactly what's for......

 

Orkut bored me to tears within 5 minutes this just sounds like an Orkut re-tread. I don't get it - why is this different from a good forum?

 

It's all about hyperlocal....

heh

you beat me to it, Nick. it's a shame so few old media 'get it' when it comes to the battle being waged for local visitors...

evolution

It's like SendACrush.com plus MeetUp.com, for mobiles. It sends FOAF so there are opportunities to extend it. Flash mob is the new pub crawl...

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