Google Acquires Jaiku

October 9th, 2007 at 12:00 am

The news today was filled with another odd move by Google.  Reports indicate that Google has purchased Jaiku, "an activity stream and presence sharing service that works from the Web and mobile phones. Jaiku, Ltd. was founded in February, 2006 by Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen from Finland. The service was released on the Web in July 2006. Jaiku is based in Helsinki." (Dingman, Google Inside)

There have also been confirmed reports of a Google phone coming out next year and Google’s acquisition of Zingku and Jaiku fit the equation perfectly.   

GigaOm’s first analysis puts this move at the excellent level and reports that: "Activity streams and mobile presence are important areas where we believe Google can add a lot of value for users. Jaiku’s technology and talented team are a great addition to Google’s current application and mobile teams" 

All in all, this event just lets us wonder and speculate what Google is really up to.  I also think that as the time to release the Google Phone draws near, Google will have acquired most of the startups whose applications they need.

For now, I wonder what’s going to happen to Twitter and Yahoo as the top competitors of Jaiku and Google respectively.