Google acquires Jaiku for undisclosed amount

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It must be acquisition season: Google yesterday announced that they have acquired microblogging service Jaiku. Jaiku, founded by Jyri Engestrom (whose post on object-centered sociality I’ve referenced more than once!) and Petteri Koponen, is a direct competitor to Twitter, another popular microblogging service from the US.

Here is a copy of the blog announcement from the co-founders:

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.

That said, new user sign-ups have been limited for the time being. The idea here is to enable our team to get right to work with Google’s engineers on delivering a new, better service to you as quickly as we can instead of spending our efforts on optimizing the current back-end. Existing users will still be able to invite their friends, and those who are not yet on Jaiku can send us a request for an invitation to join.

We’ve put together a short FAQ about the acquisition, and we’ll continue to provide support on the #jaiku channel. But we’re eager to go beyond what’s there today, and build something completely new for you to enjoy. Take this as an invitation to join us on a journey to reinvent how you communicate and stay in touch with the people you care about.

Jyri, Petteri, and team

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