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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Another Micro-blogging Service : Identi.ca

image Identi.ca is a microblogging service brought to you by Control Yourself, Inc.. It runs the Laconica microblogging software, version 0.4.1, available under the GNU Affero General Public License.

Identi.ca is based on the Free Software Laconica tool. If you register for an account, you can post small (140 chars or less) text notices about yourself, where you are, what you're doing, or practically anything you want. You can also subscribe to the notices of your friends, or other people you're interested in, and follow them on the Web or in an RSS feed.


To use this service first register a new account, then on the public timeline, enter your message into the textbox at the top of the page, and click "Send". It will go out on the public timeline and to anyone who is subscribed to your notices (probably nobody, at first).

To subscribe to other people's notifications, go to their profile page
and click the "subscribe" button. They'll get a notice that you're now
subscribed to their notifications.

It also supports IM. You can post messages to Identi.ca using a Jabber client on your computer, mobile phone, or other platform. (GTalk,
Google's Jabber program, will also work.) This can be a convenient way to keep up with your friends on Identi.ca. If you don't already have a Jabber account, you can use GTalk or one of the other
public Jabber services. You'll probably also need an IM client like Pidgin.

There will be an obvious question that how is this site different from Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Plurk, others ?

Identi.ca is an Open Network Service. Goal of the Identi.ca 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).

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