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As Steve Yelvington notes today, Google's acquisition of the Dodgeball service is yet another shot across the bow for local news operations. I suspect many of them have no idea why, which is worrisome. (Steve's explanation will help.)
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I took a quick look at the webpage and wasn't that impressed. Howard Rheingold wrote about stuff way better than this being in Japan five years ago, and this is just a bad knockoff of that so far. I like that they are trying to bring digital presence into the physical world, but they have a long way to go. Why not start by using the built in GPS or at the very least cell tower triangulation instead of having the user enter in their location? Right now this basically just amounts to being able to read peoples AIM away messages on your cellphone, with a couple scripts to sort through them to find those closest to you. Not a bad start, but they can do better.
Alex Krupp |
May 12, 2005 at 02:26 PM
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Simon Pole |
May 12, 2005 at 03:02 PM
I can easily come to an understanding why google would buy dodgeball.com. What I do not understand is why or how this relates to local news operations.
This is not another means of news distribution, its simply a means of hooking up single, hormone abundant 20somethings easier (wish I had it).
So why did google buy it? It costs more for google to think about how to duplicate it than to buy it.
Between people asking how Gates IPOD/CellPhone comments and Dodgeball effect our business, the "movie" whould be called "98.com", the sequel.
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Robert Leonard |
May 13, 2005 at 06:45 AM
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