Monday, May 10, 2010

Mobile app developers talk Google-AdMob

More mobile app developers -- the folks who use mobile ad networks like Google, AdMob, Apple/Quattro, Millennial, Jumptap, Greystripe and others to make money from ads within their iPhone and Android apps -- are joining Wertago in sharing their views about our planned acquisition of AdMob.

Wayne Skipper of Concentric Sky, a developer of iPhone and Android apps, blogged that he was asked by the FTC for his views on Google/AdMob, and told the agency:
Like many in the industry, we believe [that blocking the deal] would be a serious mistake. There are much better places for the agency to focus its attention.

The mobile space is clearly in its infancy and is changing rapidly. At every touchpoint with the FTC, we felt like the market had shifted enough that what we’d said previously was already out of date. Recent game changing events like Apple’s iAd platform - not to mention Alcatel-Lucent’s new ad system that bypasses apps entirely - make it hard to understand why anyone would feel that a Google/AdMob partnership will reduce competition. From our perspective, this acquisition is a positive, reaffirming event for the entire mobile industry.
We tried to emphasize our view that mobile advertising is an industry in flux - and as such, we strongly believe regulation now would be premature.
Will Price, the CEO of mobile website developer WidgetBox, also shared his views that blocking the acquisition could have a negative impact on the start-up economy. And later Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media tweeted in agreement with Price:
I agree: FTC considering blocking Google acquisition of AdMob is madness. Key competition is in mobile, not advertising
Finally, Farhad Manjoo of Slate wrote this morning about "why it's so absurd for the FTC to question Google's AdMob deal."

You can read more about what others are saying about the deal here.


Scott Cleland said...

There is deep irony in Google encouraging testimonials from entities that either depend in part on Google for one reason or another, or hope to be bought by Google and want to stockpile brownie points with Google's investment bankers.

Scott Cleland Publisher and

Pete said...

Hi. I like what Scott said. It is like Google is this big monster. I cannot talk to anybody there. It is very sci fi. I am at

I am building a website. I want someone to actually email me from google. It would be nice. I want your ads off my website. I never gave you permission to put them there, and I don't appreciate it. The web does not belong to you, stop trying to make it so.

Friggin jerks.

Pete said...

The funny thing is that the internet is not there. But somebody will come along and take the space. Making us all mad. Just for money.

Funny thing.