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?
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?
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.