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To everyone crying about Jaiku: Get real.

Jaiku’s biggest problem was the shitty shitty handset infrastructure that Jyri and the guys had to make do with. Google, which it acquired the service, was hardly ever likely to integrate it as a Google Jaiku service.

For one, Jaiku means nothing to your average punter. Google Docs means something. Google Jaiku? Rubbish. Doesn’t fit on a superficial branding level.

It’s the people. The people who were mad enough to come up with such a brilliant concept (I mean ‘mad’ in a good way) even faced with such shitty rubbish infrastructure as your common-or-garden Nokia/Symbian device, … well… if they can DO that with Symbian, what do you reckon they could do with their own handsets and operating system?

Right.

There’s your strategy.

Do you want sod about with Jaiku… or do you want to work on the next generation operating systems and applications that REAL people — tens and hundreds of millions (as apposed to thousands) will use?

Deal done.

So Jaiku users, stop maoning, get over it and — if you’re really, really committed, get yourself a T-Mobile G1 and start hassling Jyri and his colleagues about the collaboration, location-based lifestreaming developments. If they can get it right, Google can nail it and it’ll be SO brilliant. The efforts and attentions of Jaiku’s biggest and most loyal fans are far better invested in the next generation rather than kicking, screaming and demanding redress.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

11 replies on “To everyone crying about Jaiku: Get real.”

Google thinks everyone wants to run their apps out in the could. I do personally but my employer does not.

The least they could do is make this a laconi.ca style project where you can run an a server behind the firewall.

If I wanted corporate Jaiku I'd use yammer.

Google thinks everyone wants to run their apps out in the could. I do personally but my employer does not.

The least they could do is make this a laconi.ca style project where you can run an a server behind the firewall.

If I wanted corporate Jaiku I'd use yammer.

do excuse me, as this might be a shocking thing to say on this forum but:
Jaiku users are not ALL concerned with handsets. Not everybody wants to live-stream all the time – good god i think I'd rather die.
Of course it's a matter of getting real, but do let people kick off – we just like to exchange thoughts and collaborate and G1 has little to do with that

do excuse me, as this might be a shocking thing to say on this forum but:
Jaiku users are not ALL concerned with handsets. Not everybody wants to live-stream all the time – good god i think I'd rather die.
Of course it's a matter of getting real, but do let people kick off – we just like to exchange thoughts and collaborate and G1 has little to do with that

Obviously my posts here are generally in a mobile context. But if it’s
simply an online forum you seek in which to exchange thoughts and
collaborate, there are quite a substantial amount of alternatives out there
— Twitter being foremost in minds of most folk migrating from the Ku

2009/1/16 Disqus

Obviously my posts here are generally in a mobile context. But if it’s
simply an online forum you seek in which to exchange thoughts and
collaborate, there are quite a substantial amount of alternatives out there
— Twitter being foremost in minds of most folk migrating from the Ku

2009/1/16 Disqus

of course, but you addressed jaiku users in general, so i just wanted to point out that there some of us slightly weird like that.
twitter is no good for collaboration, it's a notice board, let's face it, it has it's pluses but it's talking at people not with them. of course there are alternatives to everything, somehow jaiku managed ot attract some really amazing people so far.

I don't think it's the name: Isn't Jaiku just like Haiku but with a J?

Surely Google is a far worse name, especially as it should be spelled Googol.

I don't think it's the name: Isn't Jaiku just like Haiku but with a J?

Surely Google is a far worse name, especially as it should be spelled Googol.

I don't think it's the name: Isn't Jaiku just like Haiku but with a J?

Surely Google is a far worse name, especially as it should be spelled Googol.

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