April 17, 2007

Disgruntled Googlers Announce Resignation on Flickr


Google, "Don't Be Evil"?

San Francisco (IDGNS) - The founders of Dodgeball, the mobile social networking service that Google bought in 2005, quit working for the search giant on Friday.

In a post on photo-sharing site Flickr, Dennis Crowley wrote that he and Alex Rainert decided to leave the company because Google wasn't supporting the project in the way they had expected. "The whole experience was incredibly frustrating for us -- especially as we couldn't convince them that Dodgeball was worth engineering resources, leaving us to watch as other startups got to innovate in the mobile + social space," he wrote.

When Google bought Dodgeball in 2005, Crowley wrote in a blog posting that he and Rainert were excited that as a result of the acquisition they'd have the time and resources to follow through on ideas that they wanted to work on.

Their departure follows complaints around the blogosphere that Dodgeball has languished at Google with little innovation added to the service since the acquisition. Some bloggers have questioned the future of Dodgeball now that the founders are gone.

Google confirmed that Crowley and Rainert have left the company and emphasized its commitment to mobile social networking. "Dodgeball was an early attempt at understanding user needs in this space, and we are continuing to evolve our thinking and our offerings. However, we have nothing to announce at this time," Google said in a statement.


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