And another one bites the dust… Acqhires are not good for users.

So many recent acquisitions (or so called acqhires) have lead to the effective death of great third party solutions.

Here’s the latest:

We’re excited to let you know that Sparrow has been acquired by Google!

You can view our public announcement here, but I wanted to reach out directly to make sure you were aware of the news.

We will continue to make available our existing products, and we will provide support and critical updates to our users. However, as we’ll be busy with new projects at Google, we do not plan to release new features for the Sparrow apps.

It’s been an honor and a pleasure to build products for all of our wonderful users who have supported us over the years. We can’t thank you enough.

We look forward to working on some new and exciting projects at Google!

I adore the Sparrow email clients, especially the Mac OS X version.  However, I’m guessing that Google wants to get the iOS one off the table, and to get the very talented working on messaging clients for Android. Very disappointed indeed.

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!