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This article was published on September 11, 2014


Google acquires Polar for Google+, will close its polling service at the end of 2014

Google acquires Polar for Google+, will close its polling service at the end of 2014 Image by: AFP/Getty Images
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Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Google has acquired Polar, a startup that allows anyone to create a visual poll for their website or app. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed.

Dave Besbris, the current leader of Google+, confirmed that Polar employees would be joining his team to make the social network “even more awesome.”

If you were a fan of Polar’s services though, bad news: Polar says it’ll be keeping its publisher tools available until the end of 2014, after which point they will presumably be shuttered for good. If you’ve been using Polar and want to save an archive, you can request a copy from the company’s site.

Many have speculated that Google is winding down Google+ with a view to closing it completely – rumors have suggested its powerful photo storage and editing features could be splintered off into a separate service – but an acquisition like this suggests otherwise. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Top image credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images