"Welcome to the Machine" by Pink Floyd is the song that I thought of as I reread Ken's post. Here's the part of the lyrics playing in my head:
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
Where have you been? It's alright we know where you've been.
You've been in the pipeline, filling in time,
provided with toys and Scouting for Boys.
That's pretty much where Jaiku was within Google. "In the pipeline" and there the team that built it was "filling in time." They did their meetings, listened to what the Google Gods had to say, were given all the resources Google had to offer. To make the service bigger one day, they were off "Scouting for Boys" as they were told to find more support engineers to make Jaiku part of the "machine" we call Google.
Like I said...The Boulevard of Broken Dreams.