Google buys out Jaiku

Those of you who follow me online (or just plain bump into me online) or have read this
blog before will know that I am a fan of micro-blogging and specifically Jaiku.

So I read with interest today that Google has bought out Jaiku.

Exciting news: Google has bought Jaiku today. What does that mean? First and foremost, we’re of course continuing to support our existing users. So fear not: your Jaiku phone, the Web site, IM, SMS, and API will continue to work normally.

Interesting that Google went for Jaiku and not Twitter. Twitter has certainly had a lot more press than Jaiku, maybe it was a price thing, maybe it wasn’t.

What is also interesting is that Google already own a similar service, Dodgeball!

I do feel that micro-blogging has real educational potential, if not for learning, certainly for administration or even marketing.

Alas one of the side effects of this purchase is that…

That said, new user sign-ups have been limited for the time being.


Existing users will still be able to invite their friends 

So if you know me and have been thinking about joining Jaiku, fear not, want an invite let me know.

2 thoughts on “Google buys out Jaiku”

  1. I’m trying to find a invite so I have a new communication medium on my iPhone but they are so hard to come by. Got any more? Id love to get my foot in the door.

  2. The possibilities, as discussed above, really illustrate how micro blogging can help education. In the same way people like to text instead of talking, blogging allows individuals to quickly update friends, families and colleagues about what they are up to.

    The micro blog has a large opportunity to develop and I believe it will do so in 2008.

    Again, excellent article, well done

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