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October 28, 2010

Twitter’s Rival Identi.ca Drops Ad Bard, Chooses Google?

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It looks like Identi.ca (which is developed by the same folks who created Status.net) has decided to sever its relationship with AdBard in search for greener pastures and greater revenues.

Apparently the companies switch upset some of their users, as Identi.ca is currently (as of this post) using AdSense, although the company explains the reason behind the switch in an appeal to its users.

As mentioned before, we have been using AdBard on Identi.ca for almost 8 months. Although we support what AdBard is doing, we haven’t been getting the kind of ad rates that we expected. AdBard is covering about 5-7% of the hosting costs of running identi.ca, with nothing left over to cover any percentage of the salaries of the people who support the site.

StatusNet, Inc — our business — is a small Open Source business focused primarily on a) selling software subscriptions to enterprise customers and b) providing premium upgrades to the status.net cloud service. We continue to support identi.ca single-handedly because we believe in the idea and in the community. It’s a great “home planet” for the federated network of social sites we’re trying to build. We love the site, we love the community, and the last thing we want to do is spoil the experience for people there. (Official Status.net Blog) read more

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October 5, 2010

You Say Twitter Lists, Status.net Says People Tags

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Considered by some to be the “WordPress of Twitter” (since you can host the software upon your own server), Status.net is slowly gaining popularity in an age where everything social is centralized (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.).

With version 1.0 immenent, Status.net has announced plans to release a new feature which could help differentiate the software from its (larger) Twitter rival.

Unlike twitter’s lists, we have used a new concept we call people tags. People tags are self-descriptive keywords that you can associate with one or more profiles (including your own). People tags are easy to create and maintain, just browse to a user’s profile and click on the edit button next to the existing tags to edit them. You will be presented with a list of tags you have already created to choose from or you can go ahead and type a new one. Clicking on “Save” then saves the tags. Each people tag by a given user has a timeline of updates from its members. If the people tag is not private, you can subscribe to it. Each people tag also has its own editing interface where you can remove existing members or search and add new ones. (Status.net Blog)

Truth be told this feature looks very similar to Twitter hashtags, with the only difference is that Status.net’s hyperlinks them upon your profile while Twitter thus far has not (even thought people put hashtags in tweet profiles).

Since people tags are “federated” (or in non-geek speak available to Status.net and self hosted users), users will be able to easily socialize with each other across decentralized networks without fear of fragmentation.

The feature is in beta testing right now, and Status.net plans on rolling out the feature when version 1.0 goes live later on (hopefully in the near future).

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