Thursday, July 17, 2008

Technology Review: Opening Up Microblogging

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The first open-source challenge to the pioneering microblogging site Twitter launched earlier this month. Identi.ca, built using open-source software Laconica, was started by the Montreal-based company Control Yourself. The site is getting attention from microbloggers who hope that Identi.ca will improve upon Twitter, which has been plagued by problems.

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Evan Prodromou, Identi.ca's founder, says that he came to see Twitter as a form of communication on a level with e-mail, blogging, and podcasting. "I was starting to feel dependent personally on Twitter as a communication medium," he says, "and I realized that's not the way that the Web that we've built works. Having one company be the sole controller of a particular communication medium is kind of difficult. It's not something that is sustainable in the long run for the Web." Prodromou says that he felt people needed an open-source version of the tool.

Technology Review: Opening Up Microblogging

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