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Google Acquires Dodgeball

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the tagged dept.

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kalki writes "Dodgeball.com, a service that uses mobile phones to help people meet up with friends who are in the same location, said on its website on Wednesday that it has been bought by Web search leader Google Inc. Also available on the official site is a Q&A about the deal." From the article: "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."

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253 comments

So... (0, Offtopic)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508483)

...how rich will these guys be now?

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508726)

...how rich will these guys be now?

richer than you

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508735)

i don't see what good could possibly come of all of these acquisitions.

boo, i say. boo to you, google. boo.

people search (4, Interesting)

farker haiku (883529) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508484)

Wait, so now google helps you search a crowd for a friend of yours? I can dig it.

Re:people search (5, Interesting)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508544)

I bet you'll see a google map (or satellite photo if that area is covered) with an overlay of where your friends are. It wouldn't be that hard.

(hey, Google could get into the cell business and triangulate you from its towers. Now that IS getting evil.)

Re:people search (4, Funny)

0x461FAB0BD7D2 (812236) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508554)

Searching in a crowd? This is going to ruin "Where's Wally" for generations to come.

Do no evil my ass.

Re:people search (1)

youknowmewell (754551) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508712)

I've never had trouble finding Wally, it's Waldo that's a pain.

Re:people search (5, Funny)

Peldor (639336) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508717)

I've read your message a dozen times and still can't find Waldo.

Borg?? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508486)

The next microsoft??

Hooray! (1)

necrofluxneo (876830) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508487)

Hooray for them!

Dodgeball? (5, Funny)

Koiu Lpoi (632570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508490)

"It's time for you to put your mouth where our balls are!"

Re:Dodgeball? (0)

asliarun (636603) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508645)

"It's time for you to put your mouth where our balls are!"

Presumably, a lot of dodging also happens in this process.

Re:Dodgeball? (2, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508659)

If I could do that, I wouldn't be wasting my time on /.

Funny, Yes, but not funny for Google. (1, Flamebait)

mfh (56) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508664)

Yes, you made a funny statement. But this acquisition is not funny for Google. This is, perhaps, the first of many egregious errors on the part of Google. The technology behind Dodgeball.com is stupid.

Here's why...

If you don't know where your friends are -- they aren't your friends. So losers will use the service because they have no friends. They will use the service to find out where cool people are, but since no cool people are using the service, for obvious reasons, this service will turn into a real geekfest. Hence, the post, on Slashdot, about it.

On the other hand, if you want to know places you should avoid, perhaps using this service is not so bad, as long as you don't key in your location.

Re:Funny, Yes, but not funny for Google. (5, Insightful)

millwall (622730) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508785)

If you don't know where your friends are -- they aren't your friends.

I'd say, if you've got so few friends you know where all of them are at any given moment, THEN you are a geek.

Re:Funny, Yes, but not funny for Google. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508818)

I'd say, if you've got so few friends you know where all of them are at any given moment, THEN you are a geek.

Nobody has more than 3 true friends. Everyone else is an acquaintence. Personally I would rather not knowing where the rabit is hiding. I like good surprises. This technology seems to spoil the fun.

Also, use this technology and your bookie/loan shark will know where to find you. Better get some more health insurrance.

Re:Funny, Yes, but not funny for Google. (4, Interesting)

farker haiku (883529) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508811)

You fail to understand the power of marketting. These conversations happen using AIM on their Verizon phones. Teeny bopper 1 to Teeny bopper 2: Meet me at the mall after school, k? Teeny bopper 2 to Teeny bopper 1: Alright! Teeny bopper 1 to mom: Can you pick us up at the mall at 8? mom to Teeny bopper 1: Which entrance? Teeny bopper 1 to mom: Use dodgeball silly...

Re:Funny, Yes, but not funny for Google. (5, Insightful)

mattspammail (828219) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508830)

"egregious error"

Strong words for an old-timer like you. You should know better. Did you buy that ID on eBay?

This is far from an egregious error. If it fails, it fails. If it succeeds, they reap the rewards. What are the chances of a business model such as this one failing? At this point, much lower than before. Apparently there were other idiots already using the service, but as soon as Google ties this system into their existing Hello, Picassa, and (possibly) future IM client, I believe potential is just oozing. There is no bigger gadget money-maker out there than cell phones. iPods are a distant second. And the high school/young college market is teeming with kids willing to pay for an inexpensive, unneeded service just like this. If it's free though, and it keeps them using Google services and so forth, how can this lose?

Re: Dodgeball? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508713)

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!"

The cynic in me... (5, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508493)


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."

I think what he's really saying is "We begged but no one offered us any money... until we met Google."

Still... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508516)

Google is an impressive investor... I wish they'd invest in my program ideas!

Well... that is if I had any...

Re:The cynic in me... (1)

grazzy (56382) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508550)

It's always a good sign when people doesnt "get" your ideas :-)

By the way, why the hell is this posted under "hardware.slashdot.org"?

Re:The cynic in me... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508577)



Because Zonk posted it.

Re:The cynic in me... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508595)

This is absolutely not true. I have met these guys, and friends of mine have helped Dens and Alex in certain ways through this process, and they were definitely offered plenty of money from other sources.

Re:The cynic in me... (1)

dawnread (851254) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508750)

Insightful my ass - the cynic in *me* says the big green monster is taking over your personality.

FIRST! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508496)

FIRST!

Google the next Microsoft? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508503)

Anyone else think Google may be the next Microsoft? With the way they are buying every company under the sun they seem to be taking a page out of Microsoft's handbook. Luckily it seems they skipped the chaper on being a spawn of Satan and everything.

Finally figured out... (4, Funny)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508508)

...what the "???" is in

1.
2. ???
3. Profit!


It's "Get purchased by Google!"

Re:Finally figured out... (1)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508680)

Coming soon to a store near you, Gunderpants!

Mind Clash (1)

Dreamwalkerofyore (823146) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508512)

Uh oh, my small fanboy-brain cant handle this. There is a small civil war going on in my brain. To the left, there's the "Yay for google, they are teh bestest!" camp, and to the right, there is the "OMG TEH BIG BROTHER IS GONNA GET YOUSE!" camp.....I just hope my brain doesnt explode....

Re:Mind Clash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508531)

Isn't that "asplode?"

And, sorry friend, I think it's too late. Those bits you see lying around you are the remnants of your once pathe^H^H^H^H^H great mind.

Re:Mind Clash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508641)

My fanboy-brain has no such problems. On the left, there's the "Yay for google, they are teh bestest!" camp, and to the right, there is the "OMG TEH BIG BROTHER IS GONNA GET YOUSE! and BIG BROTHER IS GOOD and BIG BROTHER will take good care of you, you are in safe hands" camp.

Re:Mind Clash (1)

CoffeeJedi (90936) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508757)

its an easy solution really; you just need to remove your common sense particle first, then you can have Google and no-Google

What's next? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508519)

Google is in a lot of things that seem really cool.

I am concerned, however, about the infrastructure of society being in the hands of a company.

That is exactly what Microsoft wants, in my opinion, and in that respect, Google and MS are identical.

That is why MS is watching Google so closely.

Re:What's next? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508597)


But why is Slashdot watching Google so closely?

Re:What's next? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508620)

Perhaps Slashdot provides the infrastructure for its users' lives?

Re:What's next? (4, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508676)

I am concerned, however, about the infrastructure of society being in the hands of a company.

That is exactly what Microsoft wants, in my opinion, and in that respect, Google and MS are identical.


That's exactly what every company wants but they want to do it in a way where their customers pay out the ass for it. People support Google because it's "free" (free as in I gave out my personal habbits to the lowest bidder so I could see maps for free).

Re:What's next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508773)

well, I'm not sure that is what 'every' company wants.

Selling a product or service is different than being the one who owns the roads/phonelines/infrastructure used to sell/buy those products/services.

I wouldn't be impressed if there was a 'company' that owned the streets in the city I live in...even if they let me used them for 'free'.

Re:What's next? (1)

chrisnewbie (708349) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508722)

One of them will probably buy the other at some point!

What's next? The Google Backlash, is what (5, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508835)

I remember when personal computers were just finding a niche in business, and your choices were an x86 running DOS and a Mac. For us DOS guys, MS was this amazing Sorcerer's Tower in Redmond that kept coming up with newer, better office and personal apps. And we watched in awe as the graphics programs for Windows began to nose up on their Mac counterparts (if not their user base). MS was Great!

Then, somewhere along the line, circa early-mid 90's, somebody looked up and realized how pervasive they were. The Novell and WordPerfect satellites had been completely absorbed into the ever-burgeoning and hungry DeathStar they orbited, and even our phones, PDAs, TV set-top boxes, and browsers began to sport the Brand of the Beast. The backlash began, but the tide was unstem-able. We had become a Microsoft Nation, save for a few cells of Linux revolutionaries and a Mac sub-culture that, by its own choice, would not breed and so could not be counted upon in the long haul.

I am often reminded of the affection I and so many others had for MS 15 years ago, seeing it mirrored here daily in the gushing PR presented as "reporting" on the front page of slashdot. But MS brokered only tools, no matter how empowered those tools made us feel. Google brokers knowledge, and if we don't monitor their growth at least as cynically as we do that of Microsoft, we are fools.

Googledot! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508524)

Googledot [googledot.org] !

I know it's unreasonable at the time being... (4, Interesting)

fat man with a monke (869132) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508526)

but, could there be a possibility of integrating this feature with google maps or google local eventually? Google local search of "what bar are my friends hanging out at tonight?" drop down some phone numbers, get a google map to where they are.

Re:I know it's unreasonable at the time being... (5, Insightful)

0x461FAB0BD7D2 (812236) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508611)

If you're searching Google to find out where your friends are hanging out, perhaps technological integration isn't exactly your biggest problem.

Re:I know it's unreasonable at the time being... (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508774)

While I see both of your points it would be easier than having to setup a UPOC SMS group, or have AIM group chat, or gasp -- have to call people...

I don't like making phone calls. I have GPRS and SMS to talk w/people. Phone calls make me drop GPRS and they take too long and require my undivided attention.

Quick SMS or IMs are much easier. If a webapp could tell you where your friends currently are (opt-in of course) then that would own.

I don't know if I'd like to have a single company be doing that (especially the way Google has been heading as of late).

Tracking real-life location and places visited (2, Insightful)

msbmsb (871828) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508615)

Google already knows your computer usage...might as well track your location and places you go in real life also. Think of how much advertisers would pay for that info in addition to everything else Google tracks about you (email, searches, local drive searches, internet usage).

Re:I know it's unreasonable at the time being... (4, Funny)

JFMulder (59706) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508673)

Or, "Where is my ex so I can stalk her?"

Re:I know it's unreasonable at the time being... (1)

youknowmewell (754551) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508741)

Yea, I like that idea.

I heard the CIA has lots of "friends" that it wants to find. Now all they need to do is google them!

Re:I know it's unreasonable at the time being... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508792)

With the Internet and all of this transfer of information, what makes you think we^H^Hthe CIA doesn't know where you are?

Re:I know it's unreasonable at the time being... (2, Insightful)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508769)

Google local search of "what bar are my friends hanging out at tonight?" drop down some phone numbers, get a google map to where they are.

Or, change that to "what bar is my soon-to-be exwife hanging out in tonight?"

If it can be used by your friends, it can be used by people who don't like you. There's always a flip side.

Location = Frontier (1)

drewzhrodague (606182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508790)

TOtal integration, all things location-based. Location software is one of the last frontiers we have. Sure their are those that have done stuff like this a while ago, but how many of them have popular integrated features? None I've heard of.

It's a little difficult to singlehandedly (for a person) to do something like that all by themselves.

Where it fits in for Google (3, Interesting)

romit_icarus (613431) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508528)

I wonder if this acquisition is somehow related to the Google Ride Finder (http://labs.google.com/ridefinder [google.com] ).

It's New York City, it's location based, and it's more than GPS...

Acquisition Trifecta in play! (0)

bunburyist (664958) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508529)

But seriously,

Too bad their server couldn't 'dodge' a slashdotting!

The acquisition race... (2, Insightful)

coupland (160334) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508530)

Crap, do Sun [slashdot.org] and IBM [slashdot.org] know about this? They'll have to make a couple more purchases just to keep up with Google. Wake me up when there's only one fish left in the pond...

Re:The acquisition race... (0, Offtopic)

TrappedByMyself (861094) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508788)

Wake me up when there's only one fish left in the pond...

Did you know that diets are deadly? Health 'professionals' recommed that a 'safe' rate of loss is a pound a week. But they don't tell you that at that rate you will weigh ZERO pounds in a few years. You will be DEAD!

Gross generalization, check. Random links??? Darn, no random links, no karma for me.

Great plan Bart (2, Insightful)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508542)

Great idea. Google has had tremendous success with it's prior engagement in social sites. Just look at Orkut.com
Yes, I was being sarcastic. I'm still trying to figure out why they made this move. It doesn't seem to fit into the "organizing the world" mantra?

It fits into the advertisement mantra (1)

msbmsb (871828) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508632)

Now, in conjunction with their maps system, they can follow which stores/restaurants/etc you go to. Tracking web activity and real-life activity means big sells to advertisers, maybe.

Hmmm... (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508551)

Great, to the list we can add "Google knows where you are" ;P

Info about the technology. (1, Interesting)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508569)

I'm guessing they use the same tech which lets cellphone towers figure out your location for 911 calls. Is there anyway to access this locational information without having to pay the cell companies for the technology?

Re:Info about the technology. (4, Informative)

JaF893 (745419) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508630)

They don't use that technology at all. They know where you are because you have to text them to let them know where you are.

Re:Info about the technology. (1)

Vintermann (400722) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508718)

Which is a good thing, privacy-wise.

It's a simple concept really, no suprising technology. What I'm suprised at is that this is an american company. Generally, Europe and Asia are a couple of years ahead in SMS based services, but if there is a company that supplies this service here in Norway, I don't know about it. Whether that means they are brilliant and original or just are better at PR than the others (I suppose being bought by google is a PR move in itself), Dodgeball deserves credit. (no pun intended)

Re:Info about the technology. (1)

ravenwing_np (22379) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508660)

Actually, they are using the same tech that allows preteens to send snide remarks to each other during class. No, not the folded up note, but the SMS feature of every damn cell phone. User A sends a message to the server with the location you are at "@joe's bar". The server knows where that is and keeps track of you. Don't want to be in the system? Don't send an update. Nifty idea.

Re:Info about the technology. (1)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508682)

That's only part of the tech. Their friend-of-friend feature informs people who are near you. This isn't possible if you just give them a text string to work with.

Re:Info about the technology. (2, Informative)

ChicagoBiker (702744) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508672)

No, they use the technology of the end user telling them where they are, there's no GPS or secret tech way of finding people. You text message Dodgeball.com that I'm at "Club Suds". It then sends out a text message to all of your friends on your list who have signed up that you're at "Club Suds". If they don't know where that is they'll have to ask you by replying to the text message and then you can text them back with directions.

The service will however comb it's database and find complete strangers who have also text'd their friends saying "I'm at Club Suds" too, so then you can find other people who have reported being at the same bar you're at.

But no, they (Dodgeball) have no way of actually determining where you are.

Like them or not, Goolge has some great offerings (1)

PenguinBoyDave (806137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508574)

When you look at all the services Google has that they offer for free, and some of their paid services, Google really has filled a needed market. Go to one place for everything. It will be interesting to see what effect Google has on YAHOO over the next year. I like Yahoo's main page, but Google simply rocks.

Dodgeball Looks Pretty Cool (4, Interesting)

Mean_Nishka (543399) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508578)

This Dodgeball thing looks pretty cool. It would be even better if it worked using location based GPS vs. SMS messaging.

One thing to watch is the post acquisition. Google's really didn't do much for Orkut. While Friendster continually builds a user base and adds features, Orkut remains slow and bug ridden.

Orkut remains slow and bug ridden (1)

says (835719) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508767)

I guess you meant to contrast that with the way that Friendster keeps finding new ways to be slow and bug ridden? Seriously, Friendster seems to find new ways to go haywire every time they add features, and their message alert system has been broken for years now. Google may not have done much for Orkut except keep its interface clean and its focus relatively pure. Friendster, on the other hand, looks more like the old school AOL every day.

In other news... (0)

Alkonaut (604183) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508579)

"Grad students aquire small nation"

Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508583)

"but no one really 'got' what we were doing - that is until we met Google.",.

Anyone get the movie file of these two soulmates running down a beach in slow motion into each others arms?

Recess (3, Funny)

elmarkitse (816597) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508586)

Guess Google got tired of getting beaned all the time at recess so they just bought the whole darned game. EK

Does this mean.. (2, Interesting)

hass (869418) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508588)

that Google will know where I am, too?

New Trend (3, Insightful)

mattmentecky (799199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508592)

I predict a new trend to start emerging: Think of a unique/different way in which 'searching' is in anyway involved and create a startup with full intentions of being bought by Google.

Way ahead of you (0)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508822)

I'm currently searching for new things to 'search' and am hoping Google will buy me ;)

Interesting direction google is taking. (5, Interesting)

the_mutha (177709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508601)

If I'm not mistaken, the first service that google launched that was able to help you keep track of your friends was Orkut. Orkut has been hugely successfull here in Brazil. So much so, to the point where a lot of people have closed their accounts because of security concerns.

I remember reading a cartoon one of these days where basically before a job interview, the interviewer starts to mention all this "nasty" stuff about the interviewee because he checked the interviewee's Orkut and found all the groups where he belongs to, etc. I've also heard about people getting dumped because of Orkut. Many people have already closed their accounts because of this. If you are evil, you can find out A LOT about the person's life and do them harm.

Obviously dodgeball does not fall into this category, but it makes me think about all the services Google has planned. Obviously that overall they do more good than harm, but I can't help but think that some of this will be abused and used by organized crime, identity theft etc.

Think about it.
  • Orkut
  • Google maps
  • Dodgeball


Now mix those three together. I wonder how far Google will go in integrating these services, and how much care they will take in preventing abuse. We'll just have to wait and see.

Wait for it! (1)

Xarius (691264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508609)

Cue the "Google has gone evil" conspiracists!

Re:Wait for it! (1)

zwei2stein (782480) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508727)


i always though that real googles motto always was
"Whatever you do, look good, but be evil"

anyway - as junior conspiratist, i think that google has fallen from grace at precise moment when they disabled results for xenu.net, and they are no longer better company than ... Intel, Amd or IBM

Re:Wait for it! (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508762)

You're too late, man... they're already here, they're EVERYWHERE! (the conspiracists, that is).

Big Bro (1)

TheSeventh (824276) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508612)

Well, there are already many rumors and speculations that the government can use cell phones as tracking devices. But you take Cell Phones, Google Maps, and Google's new beta feature which lets you track taxis and limousines as they move down the street, and you have a homing device which displays your current location on a scrolling map for people to track where you are and what you are doing.

Given that a few of Google's recent advancements have had much potential for abuse, does anyone think they might actually use this service? Wouldn't you be worried that people will be able to track you, when you would rather not have them know where you are? What about the loss of the ability to tell your boss you are at home sick from your cell phone as you're waiting in line for the next new roller coaster at Cedar Point?

Re:Big Bro (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508689)

I don't know how viable cell phone tracking devices would be, especially in urban environments. I'm no electrical engineer but wouldn't the terrain mess with the propagation and therefore give off a bad signal?

Re:Big Bro (0)

Peldor (639336) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508809)

The FBI didn't give up on Carnivore or TIA, they've just outsourced it to Google. Looks like development is going quite well!

centralized social networks will never work (1)

j1mmy (43634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508661)

how many do you have to sign up with? friendster? orkut? dodgeball? myspace? social networking software won't really take off until you manage your own connections and spider-like software crawls it to offer whatever services it can.

Re:centralized social networks will never work (1, Funny)

Monoman (8745) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508743)

Quick somebody make a Trillian for social networks! Google may come knocking.

I totally agree... (1)

Gruneun (261463) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508784)

We should discuss this further. Call me. My number's in the phone book.

Can Dodgeball help me? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508667)

I have no friends. :( Can Dodgeball help me find some?

Re:Can Dodgeball help me? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508798)

I have no friends. :( Can Dodgeball help me find some?

No. Dodgeball will turn you from sissy cry boy into a real man who whipcracks people with wet towels in the gym.

GloboGym (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508684)

If anyone can beat GloboGym, the Google team can.

"but no one really 'got' what we were doing" (1)

llZENll (545605) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508711)

translated from biz to normal language

"but no one really 'wanted' to give us enough money"

How to write useful software (1)

chromium (95133) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508720)

'So I said, narrow the focus. Your "use case" should be, there's a 22 year old college student living in the dorms. How will this software get him laid?'

http://www.jwz.org/doc/groupware.html [jwz.org]

On buying startups before they get big (GOOG) (4, Interesting)

otisg (92803) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508724)

Ah, interesting. If you've read Paul Graham's latest essay and last night's thread [1] on Slashdot, you'll find this paragraph from Paul'e essay rather interesting and timely:

"What companies should do is go out and discover startups when they're young, before VCs have puffed them up into something that costs hundreds of millions to acquire."

[1] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=149177&cid=125 06957 [slashdot.org]
[2] http://simpy.com/ [simpy.com] - 1-man mini Google

plazes.com? (1)

216pi (461752) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508747)

why didn't they buy http://www.plazes.com/ [plazes.com] ? I think it's the better system.

Wont they need (2, Funny)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508761)

an opposing team?

As a two-person team, Alex and I have taken dodgeball about a far as we can alone.

google (1)

JonDavies205 (861699) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508763)

does google want to take over anything else?!

Finally (1)

Kagura (843695) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508778)

This will finally help us answer the age-old question: Where can slashdotters find girlfriends? Thank you, Google!

Simple Mobile Technology (1)

mcho (878145) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508802)

It makes sense that Google ventures into more mobile technologies -- as long as it's simple use and it doesn't require you to buy a several hundred dollar mini-computer that's also a phone. [See the /. article on the new Windows Mobile Software.]

My start-up, messagingreminder.com, automatically sends your reminders to your mobile phone from your calendar (Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Sunbird). It's easy to use and it's a great value.

Now, if I could only get Google to buy my start-up... :)

Of course I didn't RTFA, but (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508808)

what's the use of a system that helps you "meet up with friends who are in the same location"? ... If you are in the same location, haven't you already met up with them?

It's a tech grab! (1)

taijirad (584518) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508816)

There's actually doing this to get at his superior foosball technology [slashdot.org] !

Google buys Dodgeball (1)

chrisnewbie (708349) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508820)

At first glimpse of the title of the article i thought Google had bought rights to the movie Dodgeball hahahahah! But you know what? it would not have surpised me that they did anyways, in fact it would not be far fetched to think they would even buy grocery stores at the rate they are going.

Just another way for advertisers and Spam (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508823)

to reach your circle of friends. Think about it, is there a better way of direct marketing?

Local schools ban dodgeball (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12508836)

Will they ban Google next?

When you "google" someone tomorrow (2, Insightful)

says (835719) | more than 9 years ago | (#12508838)

You may be doing a lot more than just checking for their name on the internet. When google starts aggregating information from the internet, Orkut, blogger, gmail, and now dodgeball, under a "peopleranking" algorithm, it will be a very interesting world. Just think about how much power a neighborhood watch group equipped with camera phones can have by using those four services. Throw in google.maps (which I think will eventually use a livestream from Keyhole) and you are approaching Total Information Awareness for citizens. The more I think about it, the more I'd like to see them move their servers into international waters right away.
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