Mobile Phone Blogger Jaiku Acquired by Google
A little known Finland-based company Jaiku has just been acquired by Google.
Jaiku describes their main goal as “to bring people closer together by enabling them to share their activity streams.”
Basically Jaiku offers mobile phone software which enables users to microblog from both their mobile phone and the internet.
Google has already acquired another mobile phone software company, Zingku, who aim to provide mobile phone users with a range of services including sharing photos, posts and special Zingku “mobile flyers”.
Back in 2005, Google acquired a company called Dodgeball, but after no significant investment by Google the Dodgeball founders left their own company disappointed and frustrated.
All this activity has led to speculation by one industry analyst that Google’s rival, Yahoo may take an interest in Jaiku’s rival, Twitter.
In any case the collective acquisitions indicate that Google certainly seems to have taken a strong interest in the future of internet compatible mobile phone software.
Appropriately, both Google and Jaiku have blogged about the acquisition.
The Jaiku team state that new user sign-ups have been temporarily limited whilst Google and Jaiku engineers work together to produce a new, better service.
Google product manager, Tony Hsieh, writes that they are “excited about helping drive the next round of developments in web and mobile technology.”
Tony ends by extending a “hearty Google welcome to Jaiku”, but we will have to wait and see whether this really does materialise in innovative development or ends in development stagnation just like Dodgeball.