Helge: Ian Gree is a new Twitter friend. I use to take a quick look at what my Twitter friends tel about themselves in their blogs. Ian writes about Twitter, Jaiku and Social Media.
I seem to spend a lot of time on Twitter nowadays – hence, the dearth of recent posts on this blog. I like Twitter as the word count for each tweet means that anyone posting on it has to keep things succinct and, as a result, there are some quite profound comments on there.
Helge: I use Twitter an Jaiku as news sources and I get ideas to write about.
However, a lot of people just use it to pimp themselves – you know who you are. What is intriguing thought is how quickly these new social network apps are being acquired by large corporations. First it was News Corp acquiring MySpace, now Microsoft is looking for a piece of the action with a stake in Facebook. Blogger was acquired by Google and Yahoo bought YouTube.
Helge: The Jaiku-Google combination makes sense. Google can speed up its gPhone services launch, and with Jaiku Orkut becomes an interesting alternative.
Now it has emerged that Google has acquired Jaiku, a Finnish company that pretty much does what Twitter does only with a few more bells and whistles – I used Jaiku for a while but it simply did not rock my boat.
Helge: The Jaiku crew is in San Fransisco. Integration has started. Jaiku consists of seven engineers.
Google product manager Tony Hsieh says: "Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it's more difficult to keep track of everyone when they're running around at warp speed."
Helge: Staying in touch!
“That's why we're excited to announce that we've acquired Jaiku, a company that's been hard at work developing useful and innovative applications for staying in touch with the people you care about most - regardless of whether you're at a computer or on a mobile phone.”
Google is not commenting on its plans for the service but Jaiku is now closed to new users.
Helge: I guess it's a scaling problem. They have to add servers and bandwidth, I guess.
So what is the betting that Yahoo! Will now launch a bid for Twitter with the usual proviso that you need a Yahoo! account?
Helge: Yahoo might be interested. Twitter and Facebook combined would make a good package.