Dodgeball is mobile social software. Google acquired Dodgeball back in 2005. However, it appears that things didn’t go too well, as far as the founders are concerned, as they have recently left Google. They claim it was due to frustration, as Google didn’t appear to be doing much with the service:
“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. Then 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 still offers the service, although there are “no further plans to announce at this time”.