Jaiku Web Service Review

Because of Leo Laporte article, I’ve somewhat jumped on the yet another social networking web service bandwagon. However, I’m not using Twitter. I’m using a similar web service known as Jaiku and here’s my review of it.

I’m choosing Jaiku over twitter because, personally, I find twitter to be ugly. Graphically, Twitter is somewhat like Del.icio.us, which I’m also not a fan of. Why? Because the layout of these web services are ugly to me. Simplicity is not always the best solution. On the flipside, not only is Jaiku much more easy on the eyes, but it’s more feature rich and I love features! One of the most prominent features is the option to add several feeds to your presence stream. Right now, I’m adding my blog feed to Jaiku. This means all my future posts can be shared with the Jaiku community. Awesomesauce! Other features include adding photo’s, bookmarks, music, places, events, and other RSS feeds. Jaiku also gives you the option to display your jaiku’s (your comments /posts to the service) publicly or to keep them private. I don’t see why you would keep them private though. Another feature is the ability to jaiku from your phone. Customizing your profile is at a bare minimum; you can only change your background. Hopefully we’ll be able to change more in the future (i.e. fonts, font size). Last but not least, you can grab a badge (see mine on the sidebar) and post it just about anywhere. The site is more content focused and in being so, makes it more life-like than Twitter. As far as social networking goes, I’d like to know WHO I’m networking with rather than WHAT what another person is doing because the WHO tells me more than the WHAT in this case. Jaiku is doing a very good job of allowing me to find out about others as far as their interests is concerned, and in turn, I not only find more interesting things, put more truly interesting people (and vice versa).

Note: Another feature I’d like to see implemented is automatic refreshing of the explore page using some AJAXy goodness.

Going to go post about this on XXXMB!

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Corvida Raven

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