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Very open microblogging service launches

Mike Linksvayer, July 2nd, 2008

Identi.ca, an open source/free software + open content = open service microblogging service launched today. From the FAQ:

How is Identi.ca different from Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Plurk, others?

Identi.ca is an Open Network Service. Our main goal is to provide a fair and transparent service that preserves users’ autonomy. In particular, all the software used for Identi.ca is Free Software, and all the data is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, making it Open Data.

The software also implements the OpenMicroBlogging protocol, meaning that you can have friends on other microblogging services that can receive your notices.

The goal here is autonomy — you deserve the right to manage your own on-line presence. If you don’t like how Identi.ca works, you can take your data and the source code and set up your own server (or move your account to another one).

Identi.ca is a project of Evan Prodromou, featured at Creative Commons previously for his work on Wikitravel and other open content initiatives.

Now you can microblog with less guilt. Follow Evan.

Creative Commons’ Jon Phillips is quoted in the press release:

Response from initial testers has been enthusiastic, both for the software’s design and functionality, as well as the site’s openness. “It makes me feel alive again to see the resurgence of free/open on the web,” said Jon Phillips, Community Manager with Creative Commons in San Francisco, CA.

6 Responses to “Very open microblogging service launches”

  1. matt says:

    Great news. Looks slick, is lightweight, but has some enhancements twitter users have been craving.

    Signed up, and completed first equivalent of a tweet (what is the open source equivalent called?).

  2. Dan Lewis says:

    toot:
    toot’s outgoing open tweet

  3. gurdonark says:

    Thanks for this. It looks fun. I didn’t have any guilt about twitter, but now I can positively have feelings of virtue about an open source service.

  4. Paule says:

    clearly you corrected the link.

    but what happened to my first comment?

  5. Jon Phillips says:

    Geez, I just want to have my own host/mirror of identi.ca to power the new open revolution :)

  6. Looks great. Just signed up. I am a big believer in open services, including open source software, open content and open data. With that said, when it comes to micro-blogging, Twitter will always have a special place in my heart…