Jaiku was created in February 2006 and formed Jaiku Ltd. Jaiku is based in Helsinki. Jaiku founders came up with the name Jaiku because the posts on Jaiku resemble Japanese haiku. Also, the nomadic Sami people of Finland share stories by singing joiks.
Jaiku is compatible with Nokia S60 platform mobile devices through its Jaiku Mobile client software. The software allows users to make posts through the software onto their Jaiku page. Jaiku released their API, which allows programmers to make their own third party software components. One of the main differences between Jaiku and its competitor Twitter is Lifestream, an internet feed that shares users online activities utilizing other programs such as flickr for photos, last.fm for music, and location by mobile phone.