Jaiku [was] a social networking, micro-blogging and lifestreaming service comparable to Twitter. Jaiku was founded in February 2006 by Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen from Finland and launched in July of that year. It was purchased by Google on October 9, 2007.
On October 14, 2011, Google announced they have decided to shut down the Jaiku services by January 15, 2012
In my opinion: Jaiku played a fundamental role to a lot of people. Many of us can testify to how the service was instrumental in shaping the growth and evolution of social media in it’s time – and it still contains some of the most remarkable discussions ever. Jaiku has changed careers and lives, and it is still the cornerstone of a truly strong community, long after the service itself has been abandoned.
There is a time and a place for everything, and it’s hard to criticize Googles decision to shut down operations. Jaiku is deserted and empty these days. But the thousands and thousands of good conversations still inside the service – and the links to them – deserve to live on.
And that is where Jaikuarchive comes to play. It’s an easy way to save the goodies for ever.
But on a side note, this could be an interesting concept for other services as well. There is something appealing in the idea of saving the links and the stuff that matters to people, even if a service shuts down – don’t you think? Maybe one day we’ll need to setup twitterarchive.com or facebookarchive.com ;)