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Josh Catone January 11, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for the response, but remember that Google also owns Dodgeball — which does location awareness stuff. And Google hasn’t done much with it yet. Why buy Jaiku if the part they want is something they already have?

I think the truth may lie somewhere in the middle: They want to do both… social profile aggregation and location aware mobile social networking.

That’d be a pretty killer app. :)


Edward Vielmetti January 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm

just remember, jaiku is Finnish for dodgeball.

personally i have been creeped out one too many times by net applications that know a bit too much about where I am in space – I turned off Plazes for that reason.


Jonathan Mulholland January 11, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Thanks for writing this response to the ReadWriteWeb post. I wanted to write something myself but you’ve really nailed it. I think you’re spot on in saying that Google are shifting the social web (even the entire web?) to mobile.

This fuss over Jaiku’s numbers is a storm in a teacup. Hears a thought I haven’t seen anywhere else. What does everyone think will happen to the user numbers when Jaiku is launched as the default address book in every single Android mobile phone?

I feel a blog post of my own coming on…


Jonathan Mulholland January 13, 2008 at 12:18 am

Just to follow on, if you’re interested I’ve now expanded on my thoughts on how Jaiku can catch Twitter in the micro blogging space, with a little help from Google Android: http://jonathanmulholland.com/2008/01/11/think-jaiku-is-loosing-to-twitter-wait-till-android-devices-start-shipping/


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