Google’s forgotten stepchildren – Jaiku and GrandCentral
Today, Google teamed up with Twitter (which seems to have stayed up so far) to provide coverage of Super Tuesday through a mash-up with Google Maps.
That’s great for Twitter, but you can’t help but wonder why they would work with Twitter if they just bought a very similar company with Jaiku. However, when you look at the Jaiku homepage, the fact that they still tout being bought by Google and shutting down new user sign-ups as the latest news tells you that nothing has happened at Jaiku ever since. Indeed, it seems Google doesn’t want to do anything with Jaiku.
A similar fate seems to have come for GrandCentral, the once heavily touted ‘one phone-number for life’ service that received great reviews when it was in closed beta (and I still use it), but which never came out of beta after it was acquired by Google.
As of now, it doesn’t look like Google is doing anything to integrate these services into any grand strategy. If anything, the face that these companies were bought by Google just helped their direct competitors.
I guess it is good news that FeedBurner is still up and running.