Using Jaiku API with Python

I’ve slowly fallen in love with Jaiku. It’s a microblogging platform much like Twitter, but with fun features like ability to add feeds from other services (like Flickr,, or any arbitrary source) to your stream and a nifty client for Series 60 phones. Jaiku also has an open API for easy hacking. I was amazed how easy it was to use.

My goal was to get my current presence data and location from Jaiku. After 30 minutes of coding (of which I watched the Simpsons about 20 minutes) I had the following 25 lines of code in my

 from django.utils import simplejson  from urllib import urlopen from time import strptime from datetime import datetime, timedelta  JAIKU_USERNAME = 'uninen'  def get_jaiku_presence():     """Returns user Jaiku presence as dict or False if errors."""      url = '' % JAIKU_USERNAME      try:         result = simplejson.load(urlopen(url))          # pythonize needed fields         time = strptime(result['created_at'], "%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S GMT")         result['created_at'] = datetime(*time[:5]) + timedelta(hours=3)         result['comments'] = len(result['comments']) or False          return result      except IOError:         return False

It’s very simple and dead easy to use:

In [1]: from unessanet.misc.jaiku import get_jaiku_presence  In [2]: get_jaiku_presence() Out[2]:  {u'comments': False,  u'content': u'Savitehtaankatu, Turku, Finland',  u'created_at': datetime.datetime(2007, 8, 17, 0, 20),  u'created_at_relative': u'3 hours, 8 minutes ago',  u'icon': u'',  u'id': u'9552365',  u'location': u'Savitehtaankatu, Turku, Finland',  u'title': u'Enjoying the rain',  u'url': u'',  u'user': {u'avatar': u'',            u'first_name': u'Ville',            u'last_name': u'S\xe4\xe4vuori',            u'nick': u'Uninen',            u'url': u''}}

Feel free to modify this to your needs.

Next up is a system for storing these presences to a local database and drawing a location trail to Google Maps or something similar…

PS. My Jaiku stream is at 🙂