by Brian Solis
The buzz for the last 60 days was that Jaiku might get acquired. Many speculated Nokia, Google, even Twitter.
Well, Jaiku has confirmed today that Google *hearts* the lifestream/microblog underdog, officially announcing that the rumors were true on their homepage. Speculating here, but what if this is related to the elusive Google phone that we’re hearing so much about these days. After all, Jaiku truly is a value-add to Nokia phones and users swear by it.
While it’s too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming months to expand in ways we hope you’ll find interesting and useful. Our engineers are excited to be working together and enthusiastic developers lead to great innovation. We look forward to accomplishing great things together. In order to focus on innovation instead of scaling, we have decided to close new user sign-ups for now.
But fear not, all our Jaiku services will stay running the way you are used to and you will be able to invite your friends to Jaiku. We have put together a quick Q&A about the acquisition.
Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen, Jaiku Founders
Per an IM from Jyri, “After making it possible to share activity streams and presence on the mobile, we’re now super excited to join Google and take it to the next level.”
I wonder how this changes the game for Twitter and Pownce…and even Facebook.
Update: Ross Mayfield has some interesting thoughts, “Google has said they will compete with Facebook through openness. Facebook’s Social News Feed is the new Inbox, the focus of attention when it is the economy.”
Update #2: I guess I’m not the only one thinking about the mobile strategy. Fortune had an interesting perspective on the subject as well.
Just hours after Lehman Brothers issued a report Tuesday stating that the so-called Gphone “could launch as early as February 2008,” Google (Charts, Fortune 500) announced it purchased Jaiku, a Helsinki-based company that develops blogging software for the mobile phone.
“The mobile world has much greater reach than the wired Internet,” says Avi Greengart, a principal analyst with research firm Current Analysis. “Google sees this as the future.”
Google’s bold entry into the cell phone market promises to shake up the $127 billion wireless industry. The company has made no secret that it believes mobile phones should be free to consumers, where revenues are generated through advertising and no single carrier has a lock on users.
In the short run, the Gphone also threatens to dethrone the Apple iPhone as the wireless industry’s newest star. Google and Apple (Charts, Fortune 500) have worked closely in the past, but the Gphone could test that cozy relationship and force Apple to make the iPhone a more open device than it is today.