Oh my. Google has purchased Jaiku and word on the street is that it plans on integrating it with it's new release of Orkut in early November. And just when we thought that Google wasn't paying attention in the socnet space!
It's interesting, because for me, Jaiku was always second best to Twitter. And for that matter, Orkut was always second best to MySpace (or make that third-best). But I'm glad to see that Google is paying attention and doing it well.
Jaiku is a smart app, and I was reminded of that this morning when I signed in after months of abandonment. The thing is, I hadn't actually abandoned Jaiku because long ago I had set it up to automatically post my blog rants and flickr photos. So even though I forgot to actually GO TO the site, I was still connected to it and it was still very relevant and up-to-date.
That's not just smart, it's crazy Web 2.0 smart.