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Goodbye Twitter and your buggy service. Goodbye Jaiku and your spammy bot. Goodbye Pownce and your 20 users. Hello and Free Software. Reasons for switching to for my microblogging service:

Wait a minute. Rehash that list. Free Software, OpenID, Jabber and an Open Network Service. Sense what I'm sensing? is all about openness and freedom\. Uh, yeah. Signed up, and ditched the other proprietary solutions. I would be surprised if RMS had issues with this service (actually, I probably wouldn't be surprised, but you get my point).

However, is a bit wet behind the ears currently. Jabber interactivity with the bot is extremely limited. SMS is planned, but not currently implemented. Subscribing to other users is a bit of a pain currently. No search feature. Other shortcomings are listed as bugs and feature requests are welcomed.

You can subscribe to my posts at my page. Happy microblogging.

{ 6 } Comments

  1. [^BgTA^] | July 2, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    What about Friend Feed? ( it's not opensource, but it has a good features...

  2. Aaron | July 2, 2008 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    You've missed the point of the post then.

  3. Julian | July 3, 2008 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    I just tried, and registration and use is pretty much straight forward, just like the other microblogging services.

    I can't get my OpenID to work on the site, though, and I've absolutely no idea why. (It works here)

    Still, it's definitely worth to look at, especially because it's open source.

  4. Jason | July 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I'd be there with you if the site didn't have a few very annoying bugs. I'm having no luck whatsoever getting the Jabber Bot to send me a message to confirm...

    You complain about Twitters bugginess, jeez, at least it works.

    You know I'm an Open Source fan, you know I prefer such things, you know I'm on the same gravy train as you...
    But seriously, take off the rose colored goggles and realize that this service has so far to go before it means anything.

    Conceptually? Great idea, immensely helpful. But give credit where credit is due, SUCKS (for now) and needs to get a lot better.

    I'll come back to it in a few months if it's still in the news.

  5. Børge | December 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Aaron: The link to your page on is wrong. "No such user"..

    Update: I was not allowed to post a comment without filling in name and e-mail, which makes the use of OpenID on this blog kinda non-existing. Are you using the latest version of the OpenID plugin?

    Update 2: Even after filling in name/email I'm having problems. I get this error message: "You must submit a comment using the comment form." Trying without my OpenID-enabled URL ( now.

    Julian: I hope you'll @ @evan about that OpenID problem so he can fix the bug behind it.

    Jason: I've used for many months now and it's been working all the time. I didn't have problems adding the Jabber bot either. Are you 100% sure you didn't do anything wrong? At least it has a Jabber bot, which Twitter does not, so I hope that's not what makes you say that doesn't work!

  6. Børge | December 26, 2008 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Yes, posting without URL worked, but I had to work hard to get here! (and it kinda sucks not getting your URL up there and clickable :))

    Btw, I'm @forteller on

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