Control Yourself, Inc. launches Identi.ca, the Open Microblogging Service

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Montreal, Quebec-based Control Yourself, Inc. today launched Identi.ca, the open microblogging service. Users can post short messages about themselves to Identi.ca, which are then broadcast to friends in their social network using instant messages (IM), RSS feeds, and the Web.

Identi.ca is similar to existing microblogging sites such as Twitter, Jaiku, or Pownce. Unlike those services, Identi.ca's underlying software is available under an Open Source license. Identi.ca is also the first service to support OpenMicroBlogging, a standard for exchanging short messages between microblogging sites. Identi.ca also makes public user data available under a Creative Commons license in standard formats.

"Too many existing social networks keep users locked in to their services," says Evan Prodromou, president of Control Yourself. "With an Open Source code base, and support for standard data exchange formats, we are giving users back the autonomy to control their own social Web presence."

Response from initial testers has been enthusiastic, both for the software's design and functionality, as well as the site's openness. "It makes me feel alive again to see the resurgence of free/open on the web," said Jon Phillips, Community Manager with Creative Commons in San Francisco, CA.

Control Yourself will grow the service exponentially throughout 2008, adding features such cell phone text messaging (SMS) and multilingual support in its next software release.

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Thanks for this - great idea.

Thanks for this - great idea.

[...] project is led by Evan

[...] project is led by Evan Prodromou (evan) of Wikitravel fame, whose company just launched identi.ca, “an open microblogging service” built on the laconica codebase. Identica [...]

I have the same blog theme!

I have the same blog theme! We're like cousins!

[...] ein paar Tagen sorgt

[...] ein paar Tagen sorgt der Dienst identi.ca für Furore. Auf den ersten Blick: “Schon wieder ein Twitter-Klon?”. Nein, denn das Feedback ist, [...]

[...] de ses utilisateurs

[...] de ses utilisateurs sont diffusées sous licence Creative Commons Attribution. Je cite le communiqué de presse [...]

To everyone: thanks for your

To everyone: thanks for your kind words. It's been a weird 36 hours.

Adam Zand: in order: self-funded, for-profit company, probably going to seek investment soon. No money from governments or nonprofits but not out of principle, just hasn't come up. Privacy and court orders: I just like to be explicit, and it's something I've had in the privacy policies of my sites for a long time. Do you think it's inappropriate?

congrats evan, good job.

congrats evan, good job.

Congratulations on the

Congratulations on the announcement and launch of identi.ca Open Microblogging Service. It appears to have resonated with users (if traffic is any indication)

Congrats on launch - I rad

Congrats on launch - I rad about it on Twitter.
A couple of questions:
Could you tell me who your funding sources are?
Do you take any money from the government or from NGOs?
Why is this - "This service will comply with court orders to turn over your private
information" - included in your privacy policy? Is that required by Canadian law?

Please feel free to respond here or by email or phone 781-643-6960

The service is worthy of

The service is worthy of Twitter. It's already down.

[...] is powered by software

[...] is powered by software called Laconica - a distributed, or federated, service that allows an infinite number of independent servers to run [...]

[...] the service is the

[...] the service is the Canadian Control Yourself, Inc., whose blog of July 2nd also added: - …Identi.ca’s underlying software is available under an Open Source license. [...]

My initial thoughts bordered

My initial thoughts bordered on the questions raised by Ontario Emperor. Also, I do not see where you accept donations - do you?

it doesn't matter if this is

it doesn't matter if this is another twitter anymore than having a number of e-mail accounts ... the point is diversity of these services to ensure that scale is handled correctly at some point ... that could mean agreements amongst the providers to share resources or some other creative way to manage the inevitable strain on scale ... bandwidth is a currency ...

Since I am the Twitter Social

Since I am the Twitter Social Relationship Marketing Expert, one of my facebook friends recommended that I review this new Identi.ca platform and share my opinion with my clients.

I will try on Identi.ca for size. Then, I will communicate my review with you here as well as throughout my responsive network.

Monique Briand
Twitter Social Relationship Marketing Expert
http://MoniqueBriand.com
http://ConnectedFM.com
http://profile.to/moniquecloutierbriand

this is great stuff. keep up

this is great stuff. keep up the great work. i am impressed and like the open aspect. it is encouraging to see this.

cheers!

rodney rumford

follow me here: http://identi.ca/rumford

[...] kommt ein wenig Open

[...] kommt ein wenig Open Source Brise in Erwaegnung, wie man besser im Post der Vaeter des ganzen erlesen kann: Control Yourself, Inc. launches Identi.ca, the Open Microblogging Service [...]

Dave Winer is evangelizing

Dave Winer is evangelizing this service, and I have to admit that future software plans (especially interoperability with other microblogging services) sound impressive. One question that hasn't been answered, however, is the underlying architecture of the service, and its scalability. Will identi.ca be able to run without hiccups when 10,000 people join the service? 100,000?

[...] ain’t a Twitter clone,

[...] ain’t a Twitter clone, I don’t know what is. Here’s what the founding company, ,has to say: Identi.ca is similar to existing microblogging sites such as Twitter, Jaiku, or Pownce. Unlike [...]

After the open tinyurl and

After the open tinyurl and the open twitter, next project: we want the OPEN FACEBOOK ! :)

[...] Commons’ Jon Phillips

[...] Commons’ Jon Phillips is quoted in the press release: Response from initial testers has been enthusiastic, both for the software’s design and [...]

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