released the source code for micro-blogging service Jaiku. The company announced earlier this year that it would cease development of Jaiku. But instead of shutting Jaiku down altogether, Google has moved the project so that it now runs on Google App Engine.
Meanwhile, now that JaikuEngine is avialable to the public, anyone can set up their own version of Jaiku. And developers can help contribute to the project. It should be interesting to see how the project fares. While Twitter certainly dominates the micro-blogging space, it's possible that the new open source nature of Jaiku will make it attractive to open source enthusiasts. There's also the possibility that by making the project open source, developers will contribute new and exciting features more quickly -- but only if a strong developer community grows around JaikuEngine.