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shanepardue
July 9th, 2008, 06:55 PM
Thank goodness someone is here to save us from the outages and spam of Twitter! Identi.ca (http://identi.ca) is an open-source micro-blogging platform that is poised to be a Twitter-killer (hopefully) and I'm pretty excited about it. Here are some of the features they hope to implement soon.

* SMS updates and notifications
* A Twitter-compatible API
* More AJAX-y interface
* Maps
* Cross-post to Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku, etc.
* Pull messages from Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku, etc.
* Facebook integration
* Hashtags
* Image, video, audio notices
* Automatic url-shortening
* Multilingual interface (using Gettext)


My username is HeadlessHorseman, please share your usernames and help get this project the attention it deserves!

WickerMan
July 9th, 2008, 08:22 PM
I'm Wicks on there :)

ice60
July 9th, 2008, 09:25 PM
i was reading about this the other day, the reason it's supposed to be better then twitter is something to do with the server hosting, it shouldn't fall down like twitter does.

i've never used any of those micro-blogging sites though and don't think i'll ever sign up. i couldn't care less what anyone is doing, and don't want anyone to know what i'm doing either lol. the internet is full of egomaniacs, it makes me cringe!!! or maybe i'm missing the point or something :confused:

asgawer
July 31st, 2008, 12:24 AM
So is Gwibber a good choice of client?

shanepardue
July 31st, 2008, 12:30 AM
So is Gwibber a good choice of client?
How do you install it? Their Launchpad site doesn't show any downloads, but I've heard of people using it.

asgawer
July 31st, 2008, 12:57 AM
I followed http://linuxbasement.com/content/installing-gwibber-ubuntu-hardy. It installed in /main instead of /gwibber, but the client itself seems to be working.

atoc
August 2nd, 2008, 10:41 PM
gregnotcraig (same id on twitter/jaiku/bkite). I've been an identican from damn near the very beginning

atoc
August 2nd, 2008, 11:55 PM
GWibber is awesome. VERY customizable.

to install it -
install bzr from the repos.
Also make sure these are installed

python (2.5)
python-dbus (0.80.2)
python-gtk2 (2.10.4)
python-gconf (2.18.0)
python-notify (0.1.1)
python-simplejson (1.7.3)

In my case the only thing I had to install was python-simplejson. The rest were already installed.

run this at the command line:

bzr branch lp:gwibber

Follow the instructions in the install doc in the gwibber folder.

I didn't bother installing it. I just run it from my home folder.

atoc
August 3rd, 2008, 12:10 AM
Features identi.ca has already implemented, thanks to contributors (all within weeks, if not days of it being requested or someone saying, "I'll take care of that"):
SMS
Hashtags
Replies
Twitter compatible API.

DeadSuperHero
August 3rd, 2008, 04:25 AM
Yeah, identi.ca is pretty swell.

I saw some pretty neat FOSS alternatives to things like Myspace today, though:

http://elgg.org/

Dolphin looks like a full-on Myspace alternative, though.

http://www.boonex.com/products/dolphin/

Both are under the GPL.

There honestly needs to be an official FOSS social network. That would rock my socks.

Edit: Oh yeah, by the way: I'm lastguyonearth on both identi.ca and Twitter.

Takmadeus
August 25th, 2008, 12:21 PM
Yipee!

I am an identi.ca user as well, see my signature to get there ;)

Skorzen
August 25th, 2008, 12:29 PM
I'm new to this project, that has also introduced me the micro-blogging concept. I think it's cool, at the time. Zero problems, at all.

My nickname there is the same as here.

mehaga
August 25th, 2008, 12:37 PM
I don't really get this microblogging stuff :(
I can post 140 character long, SMS like messages with no formatting, no rich content... Why? :)

billgoldberg
August 25th, 2008, 12:41 PM
open source savior?

I don't think so.

My ego isn't big enough for me to be active on those social sites.

Also, I don't give a rats behind what other people are doing.

helliewm
August 25th, 2008, 01:17 PM
I don't really get this microblogging stuff
I can post 140 character long, SMS like messages with no formatting, no rich content... Why?

You can post to groups of people easily. I tweet about IT and related issues. There is group of people into digital rights in the UK. I am one of them see my sig for my web site. Plus I also tweet to some people from these forums, including a Mod. Everyone on my twitter list of friends gets my tweets, unless I direct message someone individually.

I have to say I am interested in identi.ca if I can get a good client for 64 bit Hardy. I like clients rather than the web based apps. I use twitux for twitter.

I have signed up for identi.ca. My username for that and twitter is the same as the Ubuntu forums helliewm. If you see me on the web/forums with this username it is me. I always use the same username.

Anyone from the forums feel free to add to me to your twitter or identi.ca.

Hope that explains it.

Helen

Edit: Its excellent to keep in touch with people quickly who share your interests.

ghostandmachine
August 25th, 2008, 05:24 PM
I just signed up with identi.ca from this post and I'm enjoying it.

erichunter on twitter/identi.ca

+1 for the FOSS

jpeddicord
August 25th, 2008, 05:28 PM
I like to bump old threads too. :D

In any case, I'm http://identi.ca/jacob
Early adoption usernames ftw.

zmjjmz
August 25th, 2008, 05:40 PM
Is it possible to have twitter and identi.ca update to the same application?

jpeddicord
August 25th, 2008, 05:48 PM
Is it possible to have twitter and identi.ca update to the same application?

Yep:

https://launchpad.net/gwibber

You'll have to grab a source checkout.

Technoviking
August 25th, 2008, 05:59 PM
Working on ideas on how to use identi.ca in Ubuntu more.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/identi.ca

panickedthumb
August 25th, 2008, 06:09 PM
http://identi.ca/panickedthumb

Sure, I'll give it a shot

castrojo
August 25th, 2008, 06:14 PM
I'm packaging gwibber in a PPA now, see http://wiki.ubuntu.com/gwibber for instructions!

EDIT: btw I'm http://identi.ca/jorge

vishzilla
August 25th, 2008, 06:29 PM
hi.... i just joined today http://identi.ca/vish

panickedthumb
August 25th, 2008, 06:49 PM
I'm packaging gwibber in a PPA now, see http://wiki.ubuntu.com/gwibber for instructions!

EDIT: btw I'm http://identi.ca/jorge
schweet, what microblogging platforms does gwibber support?

Technoviking
August 25th, 2008, 06:56 PM
schweet, what microblogging platforms does gwibber support?

Twitter
pownce
jaiku
and even facebook status

ubuntu_demon
August 26th, 2008, 03:08 PM
I just joined identi.ca :
http://identi.ca/ubuntudemon

Joeb454
August 26th, 2008, 03:09 PM
I just joined identi.ca :
http://identi.ca/ubuntudemon

What a coincidence!! ;)

I joined it last night, but had to go out as soon as I'd joined.

http://identi.ca/joeb454

Joeb454
August 26th, 2008, 04:19 PM
Also - I've just found that indenti.ca runs on Ubuntu Server :D

An invalid URL will tell you as much :)

http://identi.ca/jfueihg435/inad

jpeddicord
August 29th, 2008, 02:52 AM
I'm packaging gwibber in a PPA now, see http://wiki.ubuntu.com/gwibber for instructions!

EDIT: btw I'm http://identi.ca/jorge

Started using Gwibber yesterday from those packages... wow. It's simply amazing. Twitter or Identi.ca users, you need to be using this. So much awesome contained in a little download.

FuturePilot
August 29th, 2008, 04:35 AM
Started using Gwibber yesterday from those packages... wow. It's simply amazing. Twitter or Identi.ca users, you need to be using this. So much awesome contained in a little download.

Oh yes. Gwibber is simply awesome! :popcorn:

-grubby
August 29th, 2008, 05:00 AM
Oh yes. Gwibber is simply awesome! :popcorn:

Updating both twitter and identi.ca at the same time is a godsend..

Takmadeus
August 29th, 2008, 05:36 AM
Well, I am currently using identi.ca, just follow my signature and you'll be right there ;)

joninkrakow
August 29th, 2008, 07:47 AM
the internet is full of egomaniacs, it makes me cringe!!!

I consider it more like collective naval gazing.... ;-)

-Jon

dedmonds
August 29th, 2008, 10:46 AM
FYI - There is a very interesting interview (http://twit.tv/floss37) with Evan Prodromou from identi.ca (and Laconica) on FLOSS Weekly this week.

http://twit.tv/floss37

dedmonds
August 29th, 2008, 10:48 AM
http://identi.ca/dedmonds

bobbocanfly
August 29th, 2008, 11:58 AM
http://identi.ca/bobbo