Comparison of microblogging and similar services

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The tables below compare general and technical information for some notable active microblogging services, and also social network services that have status updates.

General information[edit]

Service Owner Launched Primary service Software license Content license Multilingual Ad-free
GNU social Open source 2010 microblogging AGPLv3 CC-BY 3.0 Yes Yes
Diaspora Open source 2010-11 social network AGPLv3 AGPLv3 Yes Yes
Facebook Facebook, Inc.[1] 2004-02 social network proprietary own TOS Yes No
Loforo [2] DevZero LLC 2020-06 microblogging proprietary own TOS Yes Yes
micro.blog Riverfold Software 2017-04 microblogging ??? ??? Yes Yes
identi.ca Status Net, Inc. 2008-07 [3] microblogging Apache v2 (pump.io) CC-BY 3.0 Yes Yes
Tout Tout 2010-04 [4] microblogging proprietary own TOS Yes Yes
Twitter Twitter, Inc. 2006-08 [5] microblogging proprietary own TOS Yes No
Yammer Yammer, Inc. 2008-09 [6] microblogging proprietary own TOS Yes Yes
Mastodon Open source 2016-10[7] microblogging AGPLv3 own TOS Yes Yes
Misskey Open source 2014 microblogging AGPLv3 own TOS Yes Yes
Pleroma Open source 2017 microblogging AGPLv3 own TOS Yes Yes
Twister Open source 2013 microblogging MIT and BSD licenses own TOS Yes Yes
Twtxt Open source 2016 microblogging MIT own TOS Yes Yes
Tumblr Automattic 2007 microblogging proprietary own TOS Yes No

Features[edit]

An overview of integral features. Extras may be provided by third party applications/services, but are not listed here.

Service Tagging[Note 1] Groups Conversation[Note 2] Private[Note 3] Private following list RSS Atom Bookmarklet
Tumblr Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
Facebook Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No ?
GNU social Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[8]
Loforo [9] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[10]
Twitter Yes No Yes Yes Yes No[11] No[11] No
Mastodon Yes No Yes Yes ? No Yes No
Misskey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
micro.blog Yes No Yes No ? Yes No No
  1. ^ Tagging in micro-blogging services is normally done with hashtags.
  2. ^ The ability to see whole conversation (multiple replies) on one flat page.
  3. ^ If this service has the ability to hide posts from the general public.

Posting and reading[edit]

Communication methods supported by the services. Extras may be provided by third party applications/services, but are not listed here.

Service Post via Read via
Web XMPP E-Mail SMS API Micropub Web XMPP E-Mail SMS API Feed
Facebook Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
GNU social Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Loforo [12] Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes
Twitter Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No ? Yes Yes Yes
Mastodon Yes No No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes
Misskey Yes No No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes
micro.blog Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Pleroma Yes No No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eldon, Eric. (2008-12-18). "2008 Growth Puts Facebook In Better Position to Make Money". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2008-12-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Loforo
  3. ^ "Control Yourself, Inc. launches Identi.ca, the Open Microblogging Service". Control Yourself, Inc. 2008-07-02. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Malone, Michael (2011-12-05). "News Chiefs 'Tout' Benefits of Social Video". Broadcasting & Cable.
  5. ^ Twitter - Where did the idea for Twitter come from?
  6. ^ - About Yammer Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Show HN: A new decentralized microblogging platform | Hacker News". news.ycombinator.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  8. ^ Identi.ca bookmarklet Archived July 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Loforo
  10. ^ Loforo Bookmarklet
  11. ^ a b "Overview: Version 1.1 of the Twitter API". Twitter. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Loforo