Google Cleans House

Google is continuing its house cleaning process by shutting down a number of services, including Aardvark, which it acquired in early 2010. Recently, Google announced it would be shutting down Slide. Google has put up an official blog post discussing…

Google’s Aardvark and Reasons for Social Search (from SXSW)

As you may know, Google recently acquired social search service Aardvark. I attended a panel on social search at SXSW this week, in which Max Ventilla, the service’s "Head Zookeeper" talked about not only the service, but what social search means for the industry in general.

Aardvark Already Part of Google, Answers will Show Up in Search

Yesterday, news broke that Google was acquiring social Q&A site Aardvark for about $50 million. Aardvark sent its users an email today saying:

Dear friends,

Aardvark has just been acquired by Google!

Ask Says it Has a Head Start as Google Acquires Q&A Site

Update: Ask.com-U.S. President Doug Leeds offered the following additional statement:

Google Reconnects With/Acquires Aardvark

Aardvark has, in a sense, returned to its roots.  Or in other words: Two of the four men who created the social search engine are former Googlers, and now, it’s been confirmed that the search giant’s acquired Aardvark.