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Open Source Twitter rivals to be a success?

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| With the constant stream of Twitter "rivals" moving into the Web 2.0 space, 
| it seems odd that companies such as Identi.ca or Jisko.net want to rival  
| Twitter in an "open source" fashion. I would be really interested to see just 
| how transparent they make this system with its open source features. Of 
| course, if Twitter had gotten its act together on things I am sure we would 
| have seen a open source Twitter come along.    


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| "I love technology. Love Windows, Mac, and Linux and I remember the bad/good 
| old days of DOS/C-64, etc. I hear a lot about how Windows is best because it 
| has all the software... Guess what? There hasn't been any innovative new 
| software for years worth mentioning. It's all coming off the Internet and all 
| OS's handle these just fine. Sure, a bunch of speciality business software 
| exists for Windows desktops but the masses just need a nice OS to run a 
| browser, office applications, and a few other typical things in a nice 
| environment. Under these conditions, Windows hassling, spyware, 
| commericalized environment feels shoddy compared to the Mac (or Linux) 
| experience. One example, these clowns at Adobe, ATI, and Real put this 
| ridiculous automatic update crap on my XP workstation. Is their software 
| really so horrible and dangerous that I need to spend $$$ in processing 
| cycles and electricity consistantly checking for the up to the minute update? 
| Get real! Anyone can see their just doing this for marketing purposes and 
| probably stealing personal information about my browsing habits. If their 
| software is in such deperate need for constant updates, then it is beta 
| software and unready for release. Windows today feels like a cheesy huckster 
| show with every application helping itself to my processor time to fill some 
| marketing clown's database. It seems like the really innovative stuff is 
| coming out for the Mac and Linux from the University/Open Source community. 
| And they let their tools operate as is, without requiring 
| constant "phoning-home". Here's an idea..somebody write an application which 
| counts processor cycles stolen by automatic update software and calculate, 
| versus electric rates, how much money these companies are stealing from us by 
| month/year/etc."                        



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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