If you are not on Twitter, or if you are not following any of the top 10 people on the twitterholic list you probably haven’t heard about Jaiku. A good part of twitts in the past week dealt with bashing this new service, praising it, discussing it’s merits and etc. Leo Laporte, a former top 5 contender on twitterholic actually completely jumped ship. I figured that if all the cool kids are doing it, it might be worth while to check it out. After playing around with it for few minutes I kinda realized that this is probably how Jaiku came to be:
Web 2.0 Startup Foundr: Did you see that Twinttor thing? That is fucking tits! I want that. Can you copy it?
Web Designr: Sure thing chief.
Web 2.0 Startup Foundr: But I want it better… More web 2.0-ish.
Web Designr: Twitter is pretty Web 2.0 already…
Web 2.0 Startup Foundr: No, I want more. I want like rounded corners, and like cutesy little icons all over!
Web Programr: And we could make it, like, import feeds like Tumbr and shit!
Web 2.0 Startup Foundr: YES! Do that!
Asshole from Maketing: And we need ads or some product tie-in.
Web 2.0 Startup Foundr: Goes without saying of course…
This is exactly what Jaiku seems to be. A Twitter clone with a more polished, professional look, a Tumblr like feed import feature, and some sort of advertising deal with Nokia. All in all it is not bad. I signed up and imported in all my feeds into the service. You can find my jaiku profile here.
I still prefer Twitter because it focuses on simplicity, usability and extendibility instead of a rich feature set, or graphical design. Besides, now Jaiku will pull in my Twitter feed so all my twitts will show up on both services.
[tags]jaiku, twitter, status, twitt, web 2.0[/tags]