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Dodgeball
Former type Subsidiary of Google since 2005.
Genre Social networking
Fate acquired by Google in 2005
Successor Google Latitude
Founded 2000
Founder(s) Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert
Defunct Shut down in February 2009
Key people Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert
Owner(s) Google
Parent Google

Dodgeball was a location-based social networking software provider for mobile devices. Users text their location to the service, which then notifies them of crushes, friends, friends' friends and interesting venues nearby.[1] Dodgeball was shut down by Google in March 2009 and replaced with Google Latitude.

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Dodgeball was founded in 2000 by New York University students Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert, and was acquired by Google in 2005.[2]

In April 2007, Crowley and Rainert left Google, with Crowley describing their experience there as "incredibly frustrating".[3] After leaving Google, Crowley created a similar service known as Foursquare with the help of Naveen Selvadurai.[4]

Dodgeball was available for the cities of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix, DallasFort Worth, Austin, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Madison, MinneapolisSt. Paul and Denver.[1]

In January 2009 Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Engineering at Google, announced that the company would "discontinue Dodgeball.com in the next couple of months, after which this service will no longer be available."[5] Dodgeball was shut down and succeeded in February 2009 by Google Latitude. [6]

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