Jaiku or Twitter?
Joi Ito describes the differences between the two tools in this way:
"To me, Jaiku, which existed before Twitter, is a bunch of Helsinki mobile jocks getting into the Web 2.0 of it all whereas Twitter is the Web 2.0 crowd "getting" co-presence."
I'm a member of Jaiku, not of Twitter. Ton plays with Twitter though, and I am watching his experience with interest. So far I'm not tempted to sign up for Twitter. For me it would be yet another tool to interact with mostly international contacts.
I'm not an active user of Jaiku other than the feeds that automatically show up in my presence stream. I've added delicious, my blogs and Flickr photos. For my contacts enough to get a sense that I'm still there. I don't check the site on a regular basis for updates of my contacts.
The webbased stream of Jaiku doesn't do it for me, there is too little incentive to go there. Most of my contacts in Jaiku are in my feedreader, skype or IM list. I'd love to play with the mobile client, yet I don't own a Nokia. (stuck with Orange branded WM 2005 for at least 4 months).
The amount of attention Twitter receives amazes me. I can only hope Jaiku, as a European based start-up, can position itself and will remain a better tool than Twitter. Just so that you know who I'm backing ;-) .