Online microblogging service
Industry Online services
Founded February 2006
Defunct January 15, 2012
Headquarters Helsinki, Finland
Website www.jaiku.com

Jaiku was a social networking, micro-blogging and lifestreaming service comparable to Twitter.[1] Jaiku was founded in February 2006 by Jyri Engeström[2] and Petteri Koponen from Finland[3] and launched in July of that year. It was purchased by Google on October 9, 2007.[4]

When Jaiku Ltd was an independent company, its head office was in Helsinki.[5]


Jaiku was created in February 2006 by Helsinki-based Jaiku Ltd.[4] The founders of Jaiku chose the name because the posts on Jaiku resembled Japanese haiku. Also, the indigenous Sami people of Finland have traditionally shared stories by singing joiks.

On January 14, 2009, it was announced that Google would be open-sourcing the product[6] but would "no longer actively develop the Jaiku codebase" leaving development to a "passionate volunteer team of Googlers".[7]

On March 12, 2009, Jaiku was re-launched on Google's App Engine platform[8] and on March 13, 2009 the source code to JaikuEngine (the open source equivalent of the jaiku.com codebase) was released.[9]

On October 14, 2011, Google announced that Jaiku would be shut down by January 15, 2012.[10]

On November 29, 2011, a group of former users launched Jaikuarchive.com – The Jaiku Presence archiver[11] "to save an important part of our digital heritage."


Jaiku consisted of a website, a mobile website and a client application which acts as a replacement address book that runs on S60 phones.[12]

Jaiku was compatible with Nokia S60 platform mobile devices through its Jaiku Mobile client software. The software allowed users to make posts through the software onto their Jaiku page.[13] Jaiku released their API, which allowed programmers to make their own third party software components such as Feedalizr. One of the main differences between Jaiku and its competitor Twitter was Lifestream, an internet feed that shared users online activities utilizing other programs such as Flickr for photos, last.fm for music, and location by mobile phone.[14] Since Jaiku became open-source, the Lifestream function was removed.


Jaiku.com allowed users to post their thoughts, opinions, and comments in regards to their lives or any other subject. The posts that users created were called "Jaikus" and users had the option of making them publicly visible or private. The site allowed users to keep in touch and interact with friends either through the website, or through the mobile application.

See also


  1. Muchmore, Michael (2007-09-21). "Jaiku (review)". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  2. Hamner, Susanna (2007-02-16). "Tracking Your Buddy List". CNN. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  3. "Wall Street Beat: Google, VMware, Business Objects Shine". PC World. 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  4. 1 2 "Google Buys Software Firm". 2007-10-10. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  5. "About Jaiku.' Jaiku. 21 March 2007. Retrieved on 22 October 2011. "We're based in Helsinki, the capital of Finland up in the very north of Europe. The address of our office is Lönnrotinkatu 32 D 51, 00180 Helsinki, Finland."
  6. Gundotra, Vic (2009-01-14). "The Google Code Blog: Changes for Jaiku and Farewell to Dodgeball and Mashup Editor". Google-code-updates.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  7. Archived January 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. "Jaikido Blog: Jaiku is becoming JaikuEngine". Jaikido.blogspot.com. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  9. "Jaikido Blog: JaikuEngine is now open source!". Jaikido.blogspot.com. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  10. Horowitz, Bradley (2011-10-14). "Official Blog: A fall sweep". Googleblog.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  11. "Jaikuarchive.com - Jaiku Presence archiver | Jardenberg Unedited". Jardenberg.se. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  12. Greene, Kate. "Why Did Google Buy Jaiku?". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  13. "Jaiku Launches at ETel". radar.oreilly.com. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
  14. "Essential Web 07: Interview with Jaiku co-founder Jyri Engestrom". Retrieved 2007-10-16.
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