Hyvästi Jaiku

From ReadWriteWeb, Jaiku is to be shutdown.

I know a lot of webapp businesses are bought by Google and die through lack of attention. In our innocence, many of us thought Jaiku would be different. We thought there was a masterplan. We thought Jaiku would be the heart of the Android Address Book. The ultimate mobile social network with millions of users instantly.

We were completely and utterly wrong. Jaiku was bought to get some amazing minds, like Jyri. There is no masterplan. Google still doesn’t get Social Networks. Will it ever?

And anyone who thinks that OpenSourcing the Jaiku code will achieve anything is sadly living in lala-land.  The software is irrelevant in a Social Network, the people are what matters.

But pleaseeeeeeee Twitter, give us channels, pleeeeeeeease. I’ve avoided Saturday sport on TV for decades but I can’t avoid it on Twitter.

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4 Comments for this entry

John O'Shea
January 15th, 2009 on 2:24 pm

I’m not sure I’d agree that Google don’t get social networks – I think their plan involves combining their gmail userbase with their opensocial platform, it’ll be interesting to see how that pans out.

I agree they have definitely missed out on microblogging boat (for now) though and they had such a good opportunity when they bought Jaiku. Perhaps the decision to rewrite (post-acquisition) at the expense of keeping the current product offering alive was the dumb/badly timed one…

Conor O'Neill
January 15th, 2009 on 3:20 pm

I would previously have agreed with you but we also all heard that the plan was to integrate Jaiku with GTalk. So I’ll believe it when I see it, I guess.

Tom A
January 16th, 2009 on 1:05 pm

They’re stopping development of Notebook too, see:


Good reasons not to put important data into ‘free’ data silos even with the big boys!

Conor O'Neill
January 16th, 2009 on 3:34 pm

Notebook actually affects me more since I stopped using Jaiku many months ago. Does Evertnote have an iGoogle widget I wonder?

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