Internet 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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Picnik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Picnik Software, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal - Online photo editing service

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Punchd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Punchd

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Jaiku is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Jaiku Online service provider - Social networking and micro-blogging service. Open-sourced and discontinued in 2009.

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Postini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Postini E-mail, web security and archiving service

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Dealmap is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Dealmap

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

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

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

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Kaltix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Kaltix Web search engine that pioneered work on the "Page Rank" system

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FeedBurner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
FeedBurner Web feed manager providing custom RSS feeds and management tools

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

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Like.com is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Like.com

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JotSpot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
JotSpot Structured Wiki software for small businesses

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Where2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Where2

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GrandCentral is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
GrandCentral Phone management service, relaunched with new features in 2009 as Google Voice

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

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

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LabPixies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
LabPixies

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

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Orion Electronics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Orion Electronics Search technology company that had never set up a consumer-facing product

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Jambool is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Jambool

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Zagat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Zagat Publishers of collaborative restaurant and nightlife guides and surveys

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Waze is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Waze Crowd-sourced mapping app

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Gizmo5 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Google Acquisitions Ever
Gizmo5