RIP Dodgeball

Now that I use Twitter for shoutouts (that’s where the audience has migrated) and Plazes SMS for checkins, I have officially (or behaviorally) decided to give up on Dodgeball.

I haven’t checked in in months, around the time I stopped getting notifications from the service and in general just can’t be bothered anywhere.

I blame Google for mothballing one of best emergent communities of 2006. It could come back if they did something cool with buddy-presence and Google Local searching, but as more folks migrate away, I doubt it’ll have the necessary critical mass to make it compelling. Maybe I’m in the minority in thinking so, but Dodgeball is dead.

…Meanwhile I’m trying to hook up Twitter and Plazes so I can “check in” to Plazes via the numerous Twitter APIs.

Author: Chris Messina

Product designer, friend to startups, inventor of the hashtag, proponent of bots and conversational apps; X-Googler and X-Uber.

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