Google acquires Jaiku

Details posted here. Good news for Jaiku. Congrats to Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen, Jaiku Founders.

I’m wondering if this will have an impact on Twitters‘s usage volume. Although Twitter has experienced growing pains that have manifested themselves in the form of site uptime/stability issues, it still seems to hold the not-so-secret sauce: critical participation mass. Or in other words, people hang out where their friends are — if Twitter were a pub, there would be standing room only.

Quick update: I’ve mentioned ease of integratability before when talking about social networks & give a hearty +1 to Dave Winer’s comment regarding the Jaiku news:

“The big win of course would be if Jaiku supported the Twitter API in a plug-compatible way. Then all our apps that work with Twitter would work with Google’s new tool.”

  1. #1 by rama on October 10, 2007 - 10:53 pm

    twitter is offline *way* too much. unless they fix that quickly, they’ll lose any critical mass.

  2. #2 by Skrocki on October 12, 2007 - 7:07 am

    Rama, I agree, but I’m hoping they’ll pull it together. The stakes & competition just got a whole lot more intense for them.

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