Google has purchased a social instant messaging company, Jaiku, though how it is planning on using it is being kept secretitive, according to reports.
The company in essence provides the technology for creating social portals and networking applications. Where this will lead will be interesting to watch.
The Google blog describes the acquisition this way:
"Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it's more difficult to keep track of everyone when they're running around at warp speed. That's why we're excited to announce that we've acquired Jaiku, a company that's been hard at work developing useful and innovative applications for staying in touch with the people you care about most -- regardless of whether you're at a computer or on a mobile phone."