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TC50: Yammer launches as a Twitter for businesses, unless you want the
open-source version

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| The problem is that the basic features are easy to build — as Rafe Needleman
| worries, over at CNET. Indeed, there’s already an open-source version of this
| type micro-messaging software, that’s been out since January. It’s called
| Prologue, and it was created by blog platform Wordpress (pictured below). Our
| friends at GigaOm have been creating their own custom versions; here’s one
| that lets you see a stream of what the writers over at GigaOm are reading and
| writing.



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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