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Dogball被google收购
jerry | 传媒情报 | 出处:原创-IT| 2005年05月13日 15:16 | 阅读
        
Dogball被google收购

两天没上网,打开信箱就看到狗蛋DOGBALL发来的邮件,喜气洋洋地说5月11号他们被GOOGLE并购了。

狗蛋网是六度分割理论的一个代表网站,其商业模型是通过手机组建社会性网络。去年我看到这个模型后就认为这代表了网络发展的趋势。在未来的互联网时代,网络必定会集成到手机这个最小的终端机上,至于未来“尽在掌握”以后的应用,可以说有无限的可能性。

这两年火得一塌糊涂的社会性网络软件SNS(Social Network Software)网站,可以说是互联网的发展的一个新的里程碑。以Friendster为代表的几个SNS网站颇是风光了好一阵子,再加上部落格BLOG添油加醋,SNS概念的网站隐隐有成为第二代网站门户网站的势头。

技术和应用的结合总是有一个乍暖还寒的过程。就像呼之欲出的3G我们无法预知到底有什么杀手锏级别的应用一样,SNS我们也弄不明白到能底拿来干什么。有开发人脉的Linkedin,有共享图片的Flickr,还有这个将服务延伸到手机的颇有乡土气息的狗蛋网Dogball。

最近另一件耐人寻味的新闻是MSN中国合资公司。MSN征集中国合作对象的事也折腾了好一段时间了,最终千呼万唤始出来的中国合作伙伴是清华深讯。据消息灵通人士透露,清华深讯是清华同方的下属企业,是小胡进军无线增值业务的成功之作。犹如小江通过上海联创在IT行业有漂亮的斩获,小胡打出的这张牌也有镇神头的力度。从另一方面来看,微软选择与小胡旗下企业的合作,可算是真正开始走“有中国特色的社会主义市场经济”之路,对微软在华整体业务发展将会大有裨益。

值得关注的是,MSN中国公司有明显的移动增值业务的倾向,在这一点上,无疑跟Google收购Dogball有异曲同工之妙。也就是说,当微软、小胡、Google这三个大狗都准备进入的市场,你不应该怀疑这东西不是趋势。

Big news, dodgeball fans! On May 11th, dodgeball.com was acquired by Google!

I'm sure a lot of you have some questions about what this means for you and
the future of dodgeball, so we put together a quick Q&A. Let us know if you
have any other questions!

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 (ITP @ NYU), 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.

Q:  What does the acquisition mean to dodgeball? What's going to change?
A:  Now that we're part of Google, we'll have more resources available to us.
That means Alex and I can get back to building new features. We have a lot
of ideas that we've wanted to work on for a long time and we're excited that
we will now have the time and resources to actually follow-through with them.
There's some cool stuff in the works - stay tuned.

Q:  What does the acquisition mean to dodgeball users?
A:  We've adopted Google's Privacy Policy
(http://www.dodgeball.com/privacy.php)
and Terms of Service (http://www.dodgeball.com/tos.php) as our own. You should
have received a notice about these new terms. If you disagree with the terms or
decide that you don't want to be a part of the new post-Google dodgeball,
please delete your account (http://www.dodgeball.com/delete_me.php).

While you can delete your account at any time, if you do so in the next 14
days, your account will be deleted immediately and the information in your
profile will not be transferred over to Google.

Q:  Will you still be at The Magician / Floyd / 12" / 288 / Lit / Boat /
Barramundi / Bleecker Street Bar six nights a week?
A:  Of course. Where else would we be? Swing by sometime and meet us for a
drink!

Q:  Anything else?
A:  Do we have time to for a few shoutouts? dodgeball.com would not be around
today if it wasn't for the support of friends and family along the way.
Special shoutouts to Tom Ainslie, Ken Allard, Pam Bennett, Melissa Camero,
Eric Deschamps, Chris Gage, The Happy Corp Global, Rob Hudak, Aaron Ingram,
Doug Jaeger, Andy Krucoff, Ken Rabe, James Robinson, Ilana Rosengarten, Clay
Shirky, Matt Spangler, Chris Sung, Meghan Trainor, Shawn Van Every and everyone
else who's added content, fixed bugs, and spread the word.

Thanks again everyone, and please send any questions / feedback / comments to
contact@dodgeball.com!

- The Management (aka Dens + Alex)
http://www.dodgeball.com

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