identi.ca

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identi.ca
Identi.ca logo svg.svg
Web address www.identi.ca
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Microblogging
Registration Required to post. New accounts are not created any more; use of own or others' pump.io servers is recommended.
Available in currently English; many others before the switch to pump.io
Content license Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Owner E14N.com
Created by Evan Prodromou
Launched July 2, 2008
Alexa rank negative increase 73,280 (April 2014)[1]
Identi.ca
License Apache Licence 2.0

identi.ca is an open source social networking and micro-blogging service based on the pump.io software, using the Activity Streams protocol.

Features[edit]

Identi.ca running on pump.io is similar to social networking sites like Facebook and Google+, allowing unlimited length status updates, rich text and images. The Activity Streams protocol supports many kinds of activities such as games. OpenFarmGame is a prototype application for an Activity Streams based game.

History[edit]

StatusNet[edit]

The service received more than 8,000 registrations and 19,000 updates within the first 24 hours of publicly launching on July 2, 2008,[2][dead link] and reached its 1,000,000th notice on November 4, 2008.[3][4] In January 2009, identi.ca received investment funds from venture capital group Montreal Start Up.[5]

On March 30, 2009, Control Yourself (since renamed StatusNet Inc) announced that Identi.ca was to become part of a hosted microblogging service called status.net to be launched in May 2009. Status.net offers individual microblogs under a subdomain to be chosen by the customer. Identi.ca will remain a free service. All notices will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license by default, but paying customers will be free to choose a different license.[6]

Formerly based on StatusNet, a micro-blogging software package built on the OStatus specification (and earlier based on the OpenMicroBlogging specification), Identi.ca allowed users to send text updates (known as "notices") up to 140 characters long. While similar to Twitter in both concept and operation, Identi.ca/StatusNet provided many features not currently implemented by Twitter, including XMPP support and personal tag clouds. In addition, Identi.ca/StatusNet allowed free export and exchange of personal and "friend" data based on the FOAF standard; therefore, notices could be fed into a Twitter account or other service, and also ported in to a private system similar to Yammer.

pump.io[edit]

Developer Evan Prodromou chose to change the site to the pump.io software platform in development, because pump.io offers more features and is technically more advanced.[7][8] Registration on Identi.ca was closed in December 2012 in preparation for the switch to pump.io software (the popularity of Identi.ca and "official" Status.net hosting were considered a hindrance to the creation of a federated social network).[7] The conversion was completed on 12 July 2013.

The 140 character per post limit was removed (in StatusNet, it was a setting, not an inherent limitation); now the blog posts can contain formatting and images. Groups,[9] hashtags[10] and page listing popular posts[11] are not yet implemented in pump.io.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Identi.ca Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "identi.ca". identi.ca. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  3. ^ identi.ca
  4. ^ Evan Prodromou (3 Jul 2012). "FOUR MORE YEARS". status.net. Retrieved 8 Aug 2013. 
  5. ^ Croll, Alastair. "Identi.ca Gets Funding to Make Open-source Twitter Variant". GigaOM. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "status.net coming soon". controlyourself.ca. March 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Nathan Willis (March 27, 2013). "StatusNet, Identi.ca, and transitioning to pump.io". LWN.net. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  8. ^ Bryan Behrenshausen (July 15, 2013). "pump.io: the decentralized social network that's really fun". opensource.com. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  9. ^ "Groups". Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Automatically link hash tags". Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  11. ^ "Popular". Retrieved 2013-09-25. 

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