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Googles Buys JotSpot, Self-Coverage Ensues

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Google has acquired JotSpot, which describes itself as “the first application wiki company.” In a well-coordinated display, JotSpot’s co-founder Joe Kraus made a post about the purchase on the Google Blog, while the JotSpot site supplied the answers to eleven “frequently asked questions” about the deal. There’s another post on the “JotBlog,” as well.

According to the FAQ section, the acquisition occurred because “Google shares JotSpot’s vision for helping people collaborate, share and work together online. JotSpot’s team and technology are a strong fit with existing Google products like Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google Apps for Your Domain and Google Groups.”

“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,” Joe Kraus stated.

The JotSpot Team echoed Kraus’s sentiments, and added, “We can’t share all of our plans with you just yet, but let’s just say the future looks bright . . . .” A quote from CNET’s Google+buys+JotSpot%2C+dips+into+wiki+world/2100-1032_3-6131024.html” class=”bluelink”>Martin LaMonica supports that assertion. “Wikis are catching on within businesses as lightweight alternative to large-scale document management systems,” he wrote.

JotSpot and Google are not going to immediately benefit from the hubbub caused by the buyout, however. “Our first task is to focus on the integration and the migration to Google’s systems,” says the Jotspot FAQ section, and “as a result, we’ve closed off new registrations.” The company will notify would-be users (who provide their e-mail addresses) when registration is opened again.

In the meantime, know that Joe Kraus and the JotSpot Team “couldn’t be more excited” about the acquisition.


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