Petition To Keep Sparrow Email App Alive Pops Up On



As you’ve likely heard, Google recently acquired Sparrow, the popular email app for both the Mac and iPhone. Along with the acquisition, Google made it clear that no further updates or changes would be pushed to the Mac and iPhone, and that the Sparrow team will be merging with the Gmail team.

People never like change, though, and the Google-Sparrow acquisition is no exception. Within just days of the announcement, a petition to keep Sparrow alive has popped up on the web.

The petition, which is hosted on, describes itself as a “plea to Google” to keep Sparrow alive in some form or another in order to set an example for other talent acquisitions.

As stated by the petition:

In this age of fierce competition for the best talent, companies like Google are quickly acquiring passionate entrepreneurs while killing off technology paid for, used, and loved by millions.

Sparrow has a fierce and loyal user base around it that doesn’t want to see the app fade into history without a fight. After all, Sparrow had big plans ahead of it, having announced an iPad app only a few weeks back.

As of this writing, the petition has 68 signatures, and still needs 32 more. You can sign the petition here.

Unfortunately, no matter how many signatures the petition gets, Google obviously still has the last word, and convincing a company of that magnitude to reverse a decision will likely require more than just 100 angry users.

What do you think? Are you sad to see Sparrow go or was the Google acquisition the right way to go?



  • Unis Zuurmond

    I felt almost as sad as when I heard Steve Jobs died. Sparrow had all my support, Google will get nothing.

  • mr_bee

    This is stupid. Sparrow is not “dead,” it’s just going to be pulled into the official GMail app. It had no utility in the first place beyond being a gmail client and now it will be the *official* gmail client.

    Maybe it won’t be called “Sparrow” and maybe it won’t have the same icon, but it’s a safe bet that everything else will be identical.

  • Julian Velasquez

    It doesn’t bother me. I’m excited.

  • Paragraphics

    I’m glad that when Cult of Mac has been pushing Sparrow so hard that I didn’t fall for it. Who needs to keep learning new applications and then have them disappear after a few months or years (Sparrow…Thunderbird…etc.). Apple Mail isn’t perfect, but it works just great for me.

  • djcolley

    No problem. I just un-installed it on the Mac and the iphone. Google only makes garbage.

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  • sparkyscott21

    I have been using Thunderbird for awhile now, but am hopeing to learn much
    more on Sparrow, since I do have the Beta for some time..

  • Floris

    Rather than a silly petition, I rather petition for a pledge by Google to give a peace of mind regarding the Gmail iPad app with a Sparrow approach. It will be something more realistic than forcing developers to continue Sparrow. Sparrow was great (and currently while it is not outdated yet, still is) because it was made with a passion and with a goal. The greed for money and selling out before it becomes a success business has ruined it. Why would any of those developers still want to work on it, or why let a third party that has never worked on it be able to keep it going? Google won’t care, their anti-trust approach to the market by taking companies out because they sell OUT because google knows they can afford it and these start ups can’t, is all they care about.