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[News] Free Software Alternative to FaceBook

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BuddyPress, an open source competitor to FaceBook

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| Most interesting for me was tracking the emergence of BuddyPress, which was 
| taken under Automattic’s wing earlier this year. 
| BuddyPress is a social network in a box - a FaceBook style network you will 
| be able to install into WordPress MU, the multiple user iteration of 
| WordPress.  
| Steady progress is being made on the multiple plugins which constitute this 
| offering, with version 1.0 slated for December 08 delivery. (Certain 
| components are available now in beta).  
| Andy Peatling originally created a social network called chickspeak on the 
| WordPress mu platform (one installation spawns multiple WordPress blog 
| instances). The idea was strong enough for Automattic to pick up for 
| replication as ‘BuddyPress’ in their growing stable of products.   



identi.ca creator Evan Prodromou explains why he's taking on Twitter (video)

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| Bzzz.... bzzz...... bzzz...... That's not the sound of bees. It's the buzz
| surrounding new, open source Twitter competitor identi.ca. Creator Evan
| Prodromou sat down at OSCON in front of Linux.com's video camera and
| explained what identi.ca is all about and why it's suddenly such a hot item
| that he's been meeting with multiple venture capitalists -- and can be
| cavalier enough about those meetings that he canceled one to work on some
| code bugs that were bothering him instead.


Identi.ca Launches, an Open Source Twitter

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| Evan Prodromou, one of the better citizens of the wiki community and founder
| of WikiTravel, launched Identi.ca today.  Its a Twitter clone that is also
| distributed as Open Source licensed software.


Laconica: Can Open Source Save Twitter?

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| Lots of people are addicted to microblogging service Twitter - including
| substantial chunks of some open source communities. There are a fair number
| of Ruby on Rails developers twittering these days, for example. But Twitter's
| scaling and reliability issues lately have many people wondering whether it's
| time to look for an alternative. Identi.ca, backed by open source package
| Laconica, wants to be that alternative.


Could An Open Source "Twittersphere" Save Twitter? Or Kill It?

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| Is Twitter too important to be left in the hands of Twitter? That's the
| argument that bubbled up over the weekend. The argument is that Twitter is
| not distributed. This means that if Twitter goes down no one can Twitter. It
| also means if Twitter goes out of business, or just screws up, we could lose
| all of our tweet history.

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