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Microblogging heats up with Jaiku

Application pulls together RSS feeds, short updates, conversations

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Just when you thought you had a handle on blogging and the social networking that takes place around this online activity, along comes microblogging. Microblogging? No, it's not blogging in smaller font. It's more like blogging for people who don't have anything to say but who want to stay connected, said Petteri Koponen, co-founder and CEO of a new online "microblogging" application called Jaiku. Many in the tech realm compare Jaiku to Twitter, a messaging tool that allows users to post short text messages to the Internet from their phones or computers. Jaiku is similar in simplicity and mobility; users can interact with it via mobile devices or online. The Jaiku premise revolves around users adding "jaikus," which, similar to the Japanese short-form poems, haikus, are short messages updating your network about what you are doing, how you are feeling or where you are located. Many jaikus can turn into casual conversations as other users comment on them. It can be described as "nonintr...