Saturday, August 23, 2008

Jaiku issues an insult and takes the weekend off

I have to admit that I like Jaiku. Before there was Identi.ca I used to use it a fair bit. I liked the way it threaded messages, and especially liked the way it supported groups. So I was mostly a fan until today.

It appears that they've taken Jaiku down for the entire weekend to perform some upgrades. Where I have a bit of a problem with their scheduling this over a weekend, as if Saturday and Sunday were lesser days, that isn't what ticked me off. It was the text of their status message: "Now's a good time to talk to someone you love."

I don't know about you but I find that a tad condescending. It implies that those of us who spend a fair amount of time online don't spend enough time talking with those we love. That we don't get away from our computers long enough to hug our kids. That we don't have much of a life, and quite frankly it's a tired old meme.

What if the message had said, "This is a good time for you to get up off your fat ass and get some exercise." Or how about, "Now's a good time to take that bath you've been postponing." You get the idea. I expect to hear this kind of stuff from people who don't quite get it, but not from people who actually work in this space.

Jaiku (Google), this is about your going down for two days. This is about your lack of reliability. It's about you. It's not about us. Just say you're going down and leave us out of it. You can rest assured that Jaiku being gone for a couple of days will have zero impact on our lives.

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