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Invitational: Get on to Jaiku

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Over the next little while we’ll be offering up invitations to various web applications that we’ve been trying out. First up we have invitations available to the temporarily closed micro-blogging service, Jaiku.

Jaiku – What is it?

Jaiku is a bit hard to describe. It’s similar to Twitter, if you’ve heard of that, and can be considered a sort of micro-blog, status updates, activity stream system. Does that make any sense? I thought not. Maybe I should just say that it’s a service for keeping up to date with people, either on the web or via text message on your phone.

Screen shot from the Jaiku website

Micro-blogging is a new term that’s been thrown around a bit over the last while, and using the SMS format as a basis means that users are limited to 140 characters when they first post. Jaiku allows conversations to develop around these initial posts, with responses being as long as you like, and you can end up with detailed and lengthy conversations distributed amongst many people all around the world.

The people over at Jaiku describe its main goal as being to:

bring people closer together by enabling them to share their activity streams. An activity stream is a log of everyday things as they happen: your status messages, recommendations, events you’re attending, photos you’ve taken – anything you post directly to Jaiku or add using Web feeds.

Essentially you can send messages to the system by text message, many different instant messaging apps, their website, or one of the various dedicated applications. You link in with other people and add people you wish to follow as contacts. Once you start adding contacts you will get updates when they add a message or something happens in their activity stream.

A bit of history

Based in Helsinki, Jaiku was founded by Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen in February, 2006 and they released their product in July of that year. In October of 2007, Google acquired Jaiku for an undisclosed sum, and had this to say about the aquisition:

Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it’s more difficult to keep track of everyone when they’re running around at warp speed. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired Jaiku, a company that’s been hard at work developing useful and innovative applications for staying in touch with the people you care about most — regardless of whether you’re at a computer or on a mobile phone.


If any of this sounds interesting to you, leave a comment at the end of the post making sure you use a valid email address1, and we’ll send out an invitation.

Many thanks to Cormac Moylan for the original invite.

  1. Your email address is private, and won’t be displayed on our website. We respect your privacy, and will never reveal your information to third parties!

Invitational: Get on to Jaiku: 23 Comments

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1. MrSpontaneous
7:37 am
April 18th, 2008

It sounds like an interesting combination of Pownce and Twitter. I’d love to try it if you have an invite to spare!


2. Alex Leonard
9:01 am
April 18th, 2008

Consider yourself invited!

You should get a mail detailing how to sign up. Let us know if you have any problems.

3. increibleignatz
10:25 pm
May 23rd, 2008

hi! definitely this sounds interesting and even more interesting when you see twitter down everytime.

4. Alex Leonard
9:31 pm
May 25th, 2008

I’ve just sent on an invite to Jaiku for you :)

See you on there.

5. ViB
10:46 pm
May 26th, 2008

Can I have one??
Please, please, please!

6. Alex Leonard
10:49 pm
May 26th, 2008

Hi ViB!

Invite sent :) Welcome to Jaiku.

7. jorge belmar
10:51 pm
May 26th, 2008

i need your invitation :)



8. Alex Leonard
10:54 pm
May 26th, 2008

Hi Jorge,

Invitation sent to you as well :)

Should be there in a moment.

9. simenon
4:01 pm
May 27th, 2008

Can I please have one?

10. Alex Leonard
4:24 pm
May 27th, 2008

Hey Grax,

I’ve just added you in there on Jaiku. Welcome in advance!


11. Alex Leonard
4:25 pm
May 27th, 2008

Also, anyone getting on to Jaiku, don’t forget to spread your invitations around. I’m not sure if you instantly get 20 invites, but if not they should show up fairly soon.

12. 20 Jaiku Invites Available | Websites | Cormac Moylan
11:29 pm
May 27th, 2008

[…] I only have a few invites remaining but Alex over at Pixel Apes has a few invites available for those in need of a Jaiku fix. Bookmark: These icons link to social bookmarking […]

10:06 pm
June 16th, 2008

Any invitation left please?

Thanks a lot

14. Alex Leonard
10:04 pm
June 17th, 2008

Invitation sent!

15. Michael Thomas
4:54 am
June 23rd, 2008

If you have one left, I would greatly appreciate one!

16. Alex Leonard
2:06 pm
June 23rd, 2008

Hi Michael,

I’ve sent an invitation through!

Welcome to Jaiku.


17. Tim Hawkins
1:29 pm
July 5th, 2008

I would like an invite please. I wonder how Google will use it, they’ve got they’re fingers in many pies at the moment including yahoo!

18. Alex Leonard
12:48 pm
July 7th, 2008

Hi Tim,

I’ve sent through an invitation. Let me know if it doesn’t come through and I’ll resend it.



19. zoldan
8:19 pm
August 1st, 2008

can i take also if you have one left? thanks

20. Alex Leonard
9:10 pm
August 1st, 2008

Hi Zoldan

Invitation sent.

Welcome to Jaiku.


21. Alex Leonard
1:11 pm
August 2nd, 2008

Just to let everyone know. We’ve used up our invitations.

If you’re still looking for an invite head over to Jaiku Invites and sign up there.

There’s a fairly long waiting list, but you’ll probably get an invite fairly quickly :)

22. Gomcoite
2:45 am
August 12th, 2008

please can some one invite me


i need one real bad

23. Alex Leonard
9:26 am
August 18th, 2008

Hi Gomcoite,

Make sure you head over to Jaiku Invites and enter your email address.

They’ll get an invite out to you as soon as one becomes available.



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