Google Moderator

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Google Moderator
Web address
Commercial? No
Type of site
Issue tracking system
Registration Required
Content license
Owner Google
Created by Dave S. Young, Taliver Heath,[1][2] and Colby Ranger[1]
Launched September 2008[1]
Current status Discontinued as of June 30, 2015

Google Moderator was a Google service that uses crowdsourcing to rank user-submitted questions, suggestions and ideas. It was launched on September 25, 2008.[1] The service allowed the management of feedback from a large number of people, who could vote for the top questions that they thought should be posed and ask their own. The service aimed to ensure that every question was considered, let the audience see others' questions, and helped the moderator of a team or event address the questions that the audience most cared about.[3]

Google Moderator was developed by Google engineers Dave S. Young, Taliver Heath,[1][2] and Colby Ranger[1] in their 20% time, led by project manager Katie Jacobs Stanton.[4][5]

In December 2008, Google Moderator was used by the President-elect Barack Obama's transition team in a public series called "Open for Questions", in which they answered questions from the general public. The first series ran for less than 48 hours and attracted 1 million votes from 20,000 people on 10,000 questions.[6][7] The second series ran for just over a week and attracted 4.7 million votes from 100,000 people on 76,000 questions.[7] In January 2009, Obama appointed Stanton to the newly created position of Director of Citizen Participation.

Google Moderator was shut down on June 30, 2015 because the usage did not match the expectations Google had. [8] The site will remain available as read-only until August 15, 2015, at which time the it will close. Content will remain available for a minimum of two years via Google's Takeout tool.

Some remaining alternatives (in alphabetical order) to Google Moderator are Kiunei, Loomio, Mentimeter, Pidgeonhole Live, Poll Everywhere, and[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Michael Arrington (2008-09-25). "Use Google Moderator To Crowdsource Group Questions". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Google's 20 Hottest Tools: Google Moderator". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  3. ^ Lai, Sarah (2008-09-28). "Google Launches Google Moderator For Presidential Debates | Threat Level from". Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Federal News Radio 1500 AM: What is Google Moderator?". Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  5. ^ Battelle, John (2006-03-20). "News: Google.Portal.Finance Launches - John Battelle's Searchblog". Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  6. ^ "This edition of Open for Questions comes to a close at 12:00 a.m.". 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  7. ^ a b "Open for Questions Round 2: Response | The Obama-Biden Transition Team". 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  8. ^ "Moderator shutdown announcement". Google Docs. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Google Moderator is shutting down on June 30, 2015. What are some good, free alternatives?". Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  10. ^ "What is the best replacement for Google Moderator?". Retrieved 2015-08-23. 

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