Google has acquired the polling service Polar for the Google+ team, Polar announced today. The value of the acquisition was not disclosed, but the polling service will be shut down at the end of the year, the company says. Polar's full statement sharing the announcement follows:
Polar is joining Google!
Polar started with the simple idea that everyone has an opinion worth hearing. Since then one in every 449 Internet users told us what their opinion was by voting on a Polar poll. Our deepest thanks go out to each and every one of you.
To help our existing customers with this transition, we're keeping our publisher tools available until the end of 2014. We've also built a simple way to download and save an archive of your Polar polls and data - they're yours after all!
As for us, we're delighted to be joining the Google+ team and bringing our arctic circle sensibilities to sunny California.
Big bear hugs & thanks,
Polar was co-founded by Luke Wreblowski, who previously co-founded Bagcheck, which was later acquired by Twitter, and Jeff Cole. Wreblowski also spent time as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital and as the Chief Design Architect at Yahoo.
Polar's service includes both a mobile app that allows users to create and participate in polls, as well as services for web publishers. The company says it has served over one billion polls over the last eight months and that it had 1.1 million active voters in September.
Google has paid an undisclosed sum to acquire Polar, a startup whose technology is used to poll mobile-device users for their opinions. The deal brings founder and mobile design expert Luke Wroblewski and a handful of employees to Google+.
Though neither company said definitively what would happen to the app, Google acquisitions tend to result in the original app being shuttered or effectively ignored.