Jaiku [was] a social networking, micro-blogging and lifestreaming service comparable to Twitter. Jaiku was founded in February 2006 by Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen from Finland and launched in July of that year. It was purchased by Google on October 9, 2007.
On October 14, 2011, Google announced they decided to shut down the Jaiku services by January 15, 2012
Jaiku played a fundamental role to a lot of people. Many of us can testify to how the service was instrumental in shaping the growth end evolution of social media in it’s time – and it still holds some of the most remarkable discussions ever. Jaiku has changed peoples careers and lives, and it is still the cornerstone of a truly strong community, long after the service itself has been abandoned.
There is a time and a place for everything, and it’s hard to criticize Googles decision to shut down operations. Jaiku is deserted and empty these days. But the thousands and thousands of good conversations in the service – and the links to them – deserves to live on.
Thats why we launched Jaikuarchive.com – the Jaiku Presence archiver. We aim to rescue the immeasurable values built up in the service, but only the stuff we still care about.