SOURCE: Jaiku

May 01, 2007 07:00 ET

Jaiku Lets Microbloggers "Start Your Conversation" and Achieve Constant Connectedness

Free Site Also Offers Fun Icons, Location Sharing, Web and Mobile Posting, and WebFeeds

HELSINKI, FINLAND -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 -- Jaiku, the leading conversational microblogging platform, today announced that it has officially launched its free site to the public. Enabling users to post thoughts (Jaikus) on what they're doing, how they're feeling, or where they're going right now, they can also converse in real-time by reacting to individual posts and establish a central presence for social networking. Combined together, these messages, presence sharing, and feeds create a holistic lifestream of activities.

And with Jaiku, you're never alone because each Jaiku post starts a new conversation. Users can set up a personal Jaikublog, share lifestream information (photos, personal blog entries, etc.) at one location, and connect with friends doing the same and allowing them to subscribe to only the updates they want. For example:

--  Post - Write 'Jaikus' (short blog posts) on whatever's on your mind.
    Posting is easy using the Web, IM, SMS, and desktop clients.
    
--  Network - Give friends access to your Jaikublog online presence by
    adding them as contacts, and join theirs.
    
--  Converse - Comment on anyone's Jaiku post and start a conversation.
    
--  Lifestream - Include content from your blog, FlickR, Twitter,
    Del.icio.us, LastFM, Google and other sources. Jaiku monitors them and
    updates your presence in real-time.
    
"As online social behavior moves towards groups in a state of conversation and connectedness, Jaiku is enabling a new, online user experience with a single, point of online presence," explains Jaiku co-founder Jyri Engeström. "You can drive new traffic to your blog as Jaiku community members discover your blog posts through webfeeds, while simultaneously streaming your life and following the daily lives of people you care about and participating in millions of Jaiku conversations."

Bloggers can also add a "Jaiku Badge" to the sidebar of their personal and business blogs and update those points of presence with Jaikublog content that keeps folks posted on what you're doing 24/7.

What's more, using compatible Nokia S60 mobile devices, mobile users can carry Jaiku with them. With Jaiku Mobile, you can see what friends are doing right in your phone's contact list. You can also post Jaikus and have them show up on the Web and in your friend's phone. And you can share presence (your availability, location and calendar) publicly, or only with selected contacts.

Jaiku was founded in 2006 by entrepreneurs Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen. For more information visit www.jaiku.com.

About Jaiku

Based in Helsinki, Finland, Jaiku is the leading conversational microblogging platform that enables users to post thoughts and ideas from web and mobile applications, and comment on posts of friends and family. The free service offers the use of personality icons, the ability to share your lifestream (webfeeds from FlickR, Del.icio.us, Google, Last FM and your personal and business blogs), and connectivity 24/7 from mobile and handheld devices.

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