Well this may come as a bit of a shock to you, Jaiku the microblogging service similar to Twitter has been acquired by the mighty Google. Well there were rumors about Nokia planning to acquire Jaiku but all that looks like it was just another rumor. The price of the acquisition has not been revealed as yet. I wonder why Google didn’t acquire Twitter, who are the leaders when it comes to Microblogging. When Google has no problems whatsoever when it comes to paying money for an acquisition, I fail to understand why Google didn’t acquire Twitter.
According to 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.
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.”
Why did Google acquire Jaiku?
Activity streams and mobile presence are important areas where we believe Google can add a lot of value for users. Jaiku’s technology and talented team are a great addition to Google’s current application and mobile teams.
Reads the post from the Jaiku Blog. I would like to see Google work well with the Jaiku team to make it more popular. One thing that I would like to see Google do is take Jaiku places, so that we can update our status pretty much from anywhere in the world. Congrats to the Jaiku team, for doing an amazing job, and all the very best to Google. I hope Jaiku doesn’t face death similar to the ones we have already seen in Dodgeball, Urchin etc..
Via the Google Blog