Jaiku’s got my attention

Jaiku, amongst other things, is a little application that sits on your phone and monitors a) your current cell ID and b) your phone’s status (including whether you’re using it and what profile you’re using).

From this, Jaiku then extrapolates your presence. I’m fascinated by it.

Here’s my profile screen. If I was one of your friends on Jaiku, and you clicked on me, this is what you’d see.

So, you can see that I’m currently in the Queen’s Park area of Billericay, UK. How does it know that? Because I filled it in. By default, the location is always ‘UK’. But if you click on it, you can specify a neighbourhood and a town/city. So I’ve been busy doing this for all the cell IDs around here.

I cannot tell you how sexy it is — from a really geeeeeeeky perspective — to walk along the road and see your phone’s location status update according to the cell you’re connected to. You have to tag the cells though. Obviously. So, I’ve tagged home with ‘Queens Park, Billericay’. I wasn’t sure whether if I tagged that cell as ‘Ewan’s Home’ then if you came walking by, if your status would be updated to say you’re at Ewan’s Home. I don’t think so. I don’t quite know yet.

Today, on the way to Hammersmith, I tagged about 8 different cells. Hammersmith, Ladbroke Grove, Latimer Road, Shepherd’s Bush. So now, when I (Or, I think you) go through those cells with your Jaiku-enabled handset, it’ll update your location presence to all your friends. Love it.

I’ve been playing with it with my friends and colleagues. It’s great. I was updating my status every 5 minutes on the train and as I went about my business. It tickles me pink to be able to then look and see what everyone else is up to. For example, James Whatley of Mobizines is on my list. So I can tell you that this evening he was off to a partner event at Bambou… and didn’t invite me 😉

Jaiku also tells you when people last updated their location (e.g. I’ve been in the Queen’s Park area for 2 hours now) and also tells you when they last used their phone to do anything. REAALLLLY useful. For me, anyway. I could see it being a wind-up for some.

I haven’t quite got a total grasp on Jaiku. I’m still discovering and playing with it. But I hope to have an interview with the founders shortly. Mobile presence is something that’s always fascinated me. If you’re up for figuring it out and you’re on Symbian, head over to Jaiku.com, get an account, download it to your handset and add ‘ewanmacleod’ as a friend…

6 Responses to Jaiku’s got my attention

  1. David March 30, 2007 at 9:17 am #

    Sounds really neat. Will stick it on my Symbian phone later on.

    How does it know you are in the kitchen though? You have different cells in your house? 😉 lol


  2. Nasser March 30, 2007 at 10:20 am #

    I’ve installed and am using Jaiku and noticed that it is very well written application in the sense I can tell that a “real” S60 developer wrote it, which leads me to believe there are some Ex-Nokia heads at the company.

    I’ll go check the “About us” section of the site now…

    Does anyone have any more information?

  3. James Whatley March 30, 2007 at 10:55 am #

    “For example, James Whatley of Mobizines is on my list. So I can tell you that this evening he was off to a partner event at Bambou…”

    And he’s feeling it a bit today too… Weeergh.

    Expect a write-up over at the the blog
    at some point today.
    (when I can actually see again)

  4. ewan March 30, 2007 at 10:57 am #

    You gotta keep it updated man!

  5. John April 2, 2007 at 10:48 am #

    I installed this and for 2 minutes it was fun.

    Then I thought, er but what does it actually *do*.
    Nothing very useful as far as I can tell. I can type in my location and update it and people could see where I was… But on the odd occasion anyone cared they could phone or text me.

    Maybe I’m missing the point…


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