Upcoming changes in the status.net service
I'm going to be rolling out some new software over the next few weeks, and part of that process will be winding down our existing services to make resources available for the new ones. To start off that process, I'm announcing today a wind-down of the status.net service.
TL;DR Active accounts on identi.ca and status.net sites will continue working. Inactive accounts will be shut down, with backups available. All accounts will port to new software.
My goals are to keep people's valuable information available to them, maintain the integrity of links and subscriptions, and make transitions reasonable and efficient.
Here are a few things you need to know:
- Effective immediately, we'll no longer accept registration for new sites on status.net. Users can still register directly for new accounts on community and private sites on status.net, however.
- Effective immediately, we'll stop billing for premium sites.
- Effective immediately, we won't allow upgrading to premium sites.
- As of January 1, 2013, single-user sites and accounts on public status.net community sites that have been inactive for more than 12 months will be archived and closed. Downloadable archives will be made available for all accounts.
- If you want to keep an old account available, log in and post a quick message to that effect.
- Site owners can get full database downloads if they want to run StatusNet on their own servers. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org with specifics about the site.
- As of February 1, 2013, the remaining active status.net sites will begin porting to the new service. If we're lucky, it should go pretty smoothly.
- The StatusNet software remains free and available. It's never depended on the status.net hosting service, and it won't in the future. The software you download today will remain operational for as long as the LAMP stack is available.
Finally, this site ("http://status.net/") will be winding down as the face of StatusNet Inc. The company name will be changing, and I recommend people who want to keep informed sign up on the placeholder site at http://e14n.com/. This site ("http://status.net/") will continue to be the hub for the StatusNet open source software.
Thanks to everyone who's put time, energy and attention in this Web site and the status.net network. Special thanks to Sam Doherty who's taken care of this Drupal site since it started; to James Walker for making the software-as-a-service aspect work, and to Brion Vibber for making the whole multi-homing daemon system actually work (kind of) efficiently. Also big gratitude to Nate Prodromou, Aric Gardner, Jordan Conway, Chris Murtagh, Chris Vollick and Martial Ndeko for their work over the years keeping the servers spinning and customers happy. Thanks to anyone else I'm forgetting, especially for not getting PO'd that I'm forgetting you.
It's been fun doing this, and I'm going to miss the status.net domain, which might be the best one I ever registered.
Also, spoiler alert: Identi.ca will be going through a similar process (turning off new registration, disabling and archiving unused accounts, and transition to the new platform), but I'm not going to actually do those things until I have public sites running pump.io that I can direct people to register on instead. So, y'know, don't freak out.
If you have questions, please ask them in the comments and I'll try to update here if I can.
UPDATE: A couple of people have pointed out that I didn't thank my friend and colleague Zach Copley above. Zach deserves kudos for the awesome work he did on StatusNet (the software), StatusNet Mobile (the mobile clients), but he never really worked on the status.net software-as-a-service offering directly as far as I remember. Still, he's always done great work and deserves a shout-out all the same.