The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

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Dumb, poorly-chosen acquisitions of tech companies by Google. Search giant Google.com tends to buy up a lot of smaller companies, particularly companies that have a lot of data and/or content that might be useful for those using the Google search engine. Recent examples include the purchase of ITA, a company collecting data and information about airline flights and travel, and Zagat Surveys, a publisher which famously aggregates restaurant and nightlife reviews.

Many times, Google purchases turn out to be forward-thinking, strategic moves. The purchase of Pyra Labs allowed Google to integrate with the Blogger platform. The Android platform - Google's open source mobile platform - was originally brought in to the company via acquisition. And perhaps most famously, Google bought out YouTube, the largest source for streaming Internet video in history.

But not all Google acquisitions have been winners. Here's a collection of the Worst Google Acquisitions. Buying these companies either proved to be unsuccessful or unproductive long-term, or perhaps was just a bad policy right from the very start.

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    Dodgeball is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Dodgeball

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    Aardvark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Aardvark

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    Slide is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Slide Third-party Facebook app developer responsible for "Super Poke." Shut down in August 2011.

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    Online photo editing service

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    Social networking and micro-blogging service. Open-sourced and discontinued in 2009.

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    Punchd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

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    Dealmap is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Dealmap

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    E-mail, web security and archiving service

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    PlinkArt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    PlinkArt

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    Kaltix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Kaltix Web search engine that pioneered work on the "Page Rank" system

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    AppJet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    AppJet

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    Phatbits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Phatbits

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    Where2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Where2

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    JotSpot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    JotSpot Structured Wiki software for small businesses

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    Like.com is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Like.com

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    Web feed manager providing custom RSS feeds and management tools

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    Waze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Waze Crowd-sourced mapping app

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    PostRank is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    PostRank

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    Plannr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Plannr

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    Phone management service, relaunched with new features in 2009 as Google Voice

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    Tonic Systems is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Tonic Systems

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    LabPixies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    LabPixies

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    Jambool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

    Jambool

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    Search technology company that had never set up a consumer-facing product

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    Gizmo5 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever

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    Publishers of collaborative restaurant and nightlife guides and surveys

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