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Why Did Google Buy JotSpot? And what happened to it?

Google acquired Jotspot on 10/31/2006. Google’s world class data centers, huge audience and a team of incredibly smart people…. supposed to make JotSpot a better software. But what happened to it? Still closed to new users. Software doesn't work anymore. Joe Kraus busy with Google OpenSocial. Is JotSpot dead?

This is quite the same screen even today. Closed off for new users and uninterrupted access to existing users.  It has been quite the same from the moment the announcement (that Google acquired JotSpot) came in on 10/31/2006 to today.


So, What happened to JotSpot?

Google's world class data centers, huge audience and a team of incredibly smart people.... supposed to make JotSpot a better software. But what happened to it? I had an account before Google acquired. I was trying to reach the support team for a long time as I had a few issues but no reply so far. Is JotSpot officially dead?

If you are wondering, its not a big deal. The first announcement of Google acquiring Jotspot came in on 10/31/2006.


Spot on - 10/31/2006 Joe Kraus, JotSpot

OK, I can finally blurt it out: JotSpot is now part of Google, and I couldn't be more excited.

It was pretty apparent that Google shared our vision for how groups of people can create, manage and share information online. Then when we had conversations with people at Google we found ourselves completing each other's sentences. Joining Google allows us to plug into the resources that only a company of Google's scale can offer, like a huge audience, access to world-class data centers and a team of incredibly smart people.

Our first order of business is to move JotSpot to Google's software architecture. While we're doing so, we've turned off new registrations. But if you're interested, sign up for our waitlist and we'll keep you posted.

I did not see any thing, absolutely nothing after that. I happened to see what Joe Kraus the founder of JotSpot doing at Google. Just a few months back.


OpenSocial makes the web better - 11/02/2007 Joe Kraus, Director of Product Management

That's why today we're excited to introduce OpenSocial, a set of common APIs that make it easy to create and host social applications on the web. OpenSocial allows developers to write an application once that will run anywhere that supports the OpenSocial APIs.

Is Joe Kraus done with JotSpot completely as he appears to be quite busy with openSocial? Is there a plan for JotSpot at Google?

Update: Not officially announced by Google yet, but it looks like JotSpot will have a meaningful contribution to Google pretty soon.

First, Google Sites, an evolution of Google Page Creator, will launch in 2008. Google Sites will be based on JotSpot collaboration tools and will allow businesses to create intranets, project management tracking, extranets and other custom sites.

Google Reveals 2008 Plans For Google Apps

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