This list brings together the smartest, most forward-thinking business acquisitions Google has ever made. Google has acquired many other companies since 2001.

Sometimes, these products end up living on under their former names – as in the cases of DoubleClick, Blogger, YouTube and Android. On other occasions, the former products get integrated into pre-existing or future Google applications, as int he case of the numerous map companies that blended together to create Google Maps. Finally, some companies end up being plundered for staff or useful parts, and then disbanded.

This list can contain companies from all of these groups, so long as the acquisition – long-term – was beneficial to Google and wise in retrospect.This is an Open List, so after you’ve voted on the smartest acquisitions, feel free to add your own suggestions at the bottom of the page. 

YouTube

YouTube

Android Inc.

Android Inc.

Applied Semantics

Applied Semantics

Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility

Picasa

Picasa

Zagat

Zagat

Metaweb Technologies, Inc.

Metaweb Technologies, Inc.

reCAPTCHA

reCAPTCHA

Pyra Labs

Pyra Labs

Urchin Software

Urchin Software

Picnik

Picnik

Waze

Waze

ITA Software

ITA Software

FeedBurner

FeedBurner

Google Voice

Google Voice

Invite Media

Invite Media

Fflick

Fflick

Next New Networks

Next New Networks

Postini

Postini

SocialDeck

SocialDeck

Twitch

Twitch

Upstartle

Upstartle

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