Mugshot (website)

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Type of site
Social network service
Owner Red Hat

Mugshot was a social networking website created by Red Hat. Unlike most other social networking websites (which are concerned with advertising), it offered a desktop client and web widgets.

Mugshot was meant to facilitate real-world interactions with friends, and make one's normal computer use more social. It provided the functionality of a social network aggregator.


The software that ran the Mugshot site is free software, and most of the client code is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Various parts of the server code are distributed under the GPL, the Open Software License 3.0, the Apache License, and the MIT License, all of which are free software licences.[1][citation needed]


Site features included Web Swarm which let users share web links and join in conversations about them, Music Radar, which displayed which songs a user is listening to, and allowed conversations about the song.

Mugshot also integrated with many other sites, such as Twitter, Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. Many features were planned, including 'TV Party'.

Current status[edit]

From April 4 until May 11, 2009, the Mugshot website was down and displayed the following message: "Mugshot is currently not running". As of May 12, redirects to, indicating that the project has shut down.

The mugshot SVN is still being maintained and hosted by Red Hat. There will be no further updates to the code base from the original development team from Red Hat.

A new project has taken up the call and forked the Mugshot code. It is currently hosted at is the maintainer of Magnetism and have a commercial implementation at is down as of November 29, 2012.


  1. ^ Red Hat creates social networking site Ryan Paul, Ars Technica, (May 31, 2006).