Wow number two of the day: Google has acquired Jaiku, the European Twitter, an “activity stream and presence sharing service” for mobile phones and the web, all very location-aware if you want it to be.
Congrats to Jaiku’s founders, especially Finland’s Jyri Engeström, whom we had speak at Bloggforum back in 2005 (see pics). Even then he was already propounding the idea of social networks not being any good if they aren’t about something we can have in common, things which he called “objects of sociality”. Later, Facebook’s popularity would ride on that notion — I now spend most of my time on Facebook playing Scrabble with friends; others spend hours comparing movie tastes with each other.
Facebook’s mobile client for my phone is not unlike Twitter’s and Jaiku’s. This, I think, is the space Google wants to enter by acquiring Jaiku. If and when Google comes out with a more open version of a Facebook-like “presence-centric” web application, Jaiku will make the perfect mobile component of that.
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to the Google Earth layer that updates in real time, showing the locations of my friends and their most recent one-line message. (Thanks Daniel for the heads-up)