Qaiku logo
Type of site
micro-blogging and photo sharing
Available inEnglish
DissolvedOctober 15, 2012
OwnerRohea and Nemein
LaunchedMarch 2009
Current statusDefunct

Qaiku was a micro-blogging and lifestreaming service comparable to Twitter and Jaiku.[1] It allowed users to post short text or picture messages that other users can then comment. In comparison to Twitter and Jaiku, Qaiku had a multilingual focus, with all messages marked and searchable based on their language. It was shut down on October 15, 2012.


Qaiku was developed in winter 2009 by Rohea to provide an evolving replacement for the Jaiku service that had been seen as stagnating since it was bought by Google on October 9, 2007.[2]

The website launched on March 9 to an initially Finnish audience.[3] Later Finnish Midgard company Nemein joined the project.[4]

On July 29, 2009 translation of the website to new languages was opened to external contributors to enhance the multilingual appeal of the site.[5]

In September 2009 Qaiku team announced that there will be a version of Qaiku targeted at organizational microblogging provided as software as a service.[6]

On October 7, 2009 Qaiku expanded with Italian and Polish versions.[7]

On September 21, 2012, Qaiku announced that it would be shutting down on October 15, 2012, for a variety of reasons.[8]


Qaiku was a website that has been built on top of the Midgard content management framework. It provides both a view optimized for desktop browsers and mobile browser view.

See also


  1. ^ Antti Vilpponen (2009-03-11). " - YAJC (Yet Another Jaiku Clone)". ArcticStartup. Archived from the original on 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  2. ^ "Google Buys Software Firm". 2007-10-10. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  3. ^ "Henri Bergius: why Qaiku might do what Twitter and Brightkite didn't". 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  4. ^ "Nemein participates in Qaiku development". 2009-03-13. Archived from the original on 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  5. ^ "People needed for translating Qaiku interface". 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  6. ^ Aleksi Moisio (2009-09-29). "Mikrobloggausalusta Qaiku tähtää nyt yrityksiin". Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  7. ^ "Great news. We now have Italian and Polish translations for Qaiku". 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  8. ^ " – What Can We Learn From Failure?". ArcticStartup. Archived from the original on 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-12-28.