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OpenMicroBlogging was an open protocol that allowed different microblogging services to inter-operate. It lets the user of one service subscribe to notices by a user of another service. This enables a federation of new communities,[1] as potentially an organization of any size can host a service. OpenMicroBlogging utilizes the OAuth and Yadis protocols and does not depend on any central authority.

OpenMicroBlogging has been superseded[2] by an enhanced version of it, OStatus.[3] OStatus will also be implemented by the Diaspora social platform.[4]


The first implementation of the OpenMicroBlogging protocol is the Laconica software, which changed name to StatusNet in August 2009.[5] is the first service to support OpenMicroBlogging,[6] and other sizeable services including Leo Laporte's Twit Army at[dead link] were amongst those powered by the open source StatusNet.[7]

Since March 2009 one can search users' accounts in Twit Army from within You could also subscribe to accounts at Twit Army from your account.

The second implementation of the OpenMicroBlogging protocol is the OpenMicroBlogger software.

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  1. ^ Stay, Jesse (2008-8-12) and the Power of Microbranded Communities. Retrieved 2009-1-4.
  2. ^ Prodromou, Evan. "Understanding OStatus". Status.Net. Retrieved 30 May 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ OStatus[dead link]
  4. ^ After the Times, 2010-05-17, Diaspora blog[dead link]
  5. ^ Laconica is now StatusNet[dead link]
  6. ^ Mayfield, Ross (2008-7-2) Identica launches, an open source Twitter. Retrieved 2009-1-5.
  7. ^ Malcolm Bastien, There's Twitter the company, and twitter the medium. Retrieved 2009-3-24.