GNU social

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GNU social
Original author(s)Evan Prodromou et al.
Developer(s)Diogo Cordeiro and GNU social Developers
Stable release
1.20.9[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 22 June 2019
Preview release
2.0.0beta0[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 18 July 2021
Written inPHP
Operating systemCross-platform
Available inMore than 25 languages.[3]
TypeWeb application framework

GNU social (previously known as StatusNet and once known as Laconica[5]) is a free and open source software microblogging server written in PHP that implements the OStatus standard for interoperation between installations. While offering functionality similar to Twitter, GNU social seeks to provide the potential for open, inter-service, and distributed communications between microblogging communities. Enterprises and individuals can install and control their own services and data.[6][7]

GNU social has been deployed on hundreds of interoperating servers.[8]


GNU social was spun out of the GNU FM project. The founder was Matt Lee and the early developers were fellow Free Software Foundation employees, Donald Robertson and Deborah Nicholson.

StatusNet deployment based on the formerly known as Laconica was the open-microblogging service. Hosted by original StatusNet creators StatusNet Inc., offered free accounts to the public and serves as the co-flagship (along with for the installable version of StatusNet. The site has migrated to

Version 0.9.0, released March 3, 2010, added support for OStatus, a new distributed update standard superseding OpenMicroBlogging.[9][10]

June 8, 2013 it was announced StatusNet would be merged into the GNU social project, along with Free Social.[11]

The service is interoperable with other OStatus platforms.[12]


StatusNet was renamed from Laconica coinciding with the release of version 0.8.1 of the StatusNet software.[13] The developers said that the new name "simply reflects what our software does: send status updates into your social network."[5]

Laconica's name was a reference to the Laconic phrase, a particularly concise or terse statement of a kind attributed to the leaders of Sparta (Laconia being the Greek region containing Sparta). In microblogging, all messages are forced to be very short due to the traditional ~140-character limit on message size. The GNU in the name refers to the GNU Project.

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  3. ^ "Translating:GNU social localization". Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  4. ^ "README file". Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2015-02-09. ...under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
  5. ^ a b Laconica is now StatusNet "Laconica is now StatusNet « StatusNet – Open Source microblogging service". Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2009-08-31., retrieved 2009-10-04
  6. ^ Terdiman, Daniel (2008-10-6) Taking on Twitter with open-source software Archived 2012-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, CNet. Retrieved 2009-1-3.
  7. ^ Bastien, Malcolm (2008-8-28) Why Laconica Means Big Things For Corporate Micro Blogging Archived 2009-01-25 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2009-1-3.
  8. ^ "". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  9. ^ "StatusNet 0.9.0". Archived from the original on July 17, 2012.
  10. ^ "StatusNet 0.9.0 Released". Archived from the original on July 20, 2012.
  11. ^ "GNU social". 2013-06-08.
  12. ^ "tootsuite/mastodon". GitHub. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  13. ^ StatusNet 0.8.1 (2009-8-28) "StatusNet 0.8.1 - StatusNet". Archived from the original on 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-01-12., StatusNet Wiki Retrieved 2009-8-29.

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