Joi Ito on Jaiku and Twitter

I just read a short comparison between Jaiku and Twitter by Joi Ito. This paragraph pretty much captures the differences from his perspective:

Having said that, there are a number of differences despite the similarities on the surface. Jaiku comes from a “presence” background allowing bluetooth proximity, phone idle time, ringer mode and other things to trigger state changes – the messaging came later. Twitter, on the other hand, is primarily messaging, which as we all know, is just a flexible and manual vector for presence information.

There is definitely a case of Twitter and Jaiku influencing each other. Just take a look at the pages on their respective sites. The presence aspect on Jaiku is a pretty interesting one, especially with the GPS aspect I saw in the Mobile Edition’s menu options.

(Source: Jyri Engeström)

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