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    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008 edited
    So went live today. It's opensource, extensible and running off a creative commons open data system. Currently it doesn't support SMS and I think this is it's biggest stumbling block at the moment, but when that goes live... well I can see this overtaking twitter pretty quickly.
    I like the idea of federated servers and I think that on top of the ability to pull twitter feeds will move it into prime time pretty quickly. What do you guys think?
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    Anyone know why the link sends me to Photobucket?
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    Seriously? Names the same as the web address either way.
    Another shortcoming right now, they don't have a full API written... though it's an opensource project so something like that is bound to pick up a few developers rather quickly.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008 edited

    I call bullshit until otherwise informed.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008
    My buddy is working on a similar site: Mocial

    He's been talking with the tech-savvy peoples of the bay area to get it up and running. A lot of the stuff he talks about goes right over my head, but it incorporates GPS and packages information into smaller sizes.
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    danudey : It's almost as slow as Twitter, but without all the noise from people using the service. Awesome!

    My thoughts exactly. What do these people have that Twitter doesn't? And don't say "but it's open source!" Fuck open source, the consumer doesn't care about open source. There's less money behind this effort, and Twitter barely stands up as it is. If this site gets even half of the usage that Twitter does, it'll more than likely melt a hole to the center of the earth.
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    What do these people have that Twitter doesn't?

    In theory:

    Ultimately, this means federation. I put a customized version of the foundation software (called on my server, you put one to your liking on yours, we both get friends on our local copy and any other versions around the web - and everyone can communicate with each other just like we were using the same service from the same provider.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008
    @warren - DNS bumfuckery(/poisoning?) it looks like, perhaps your ISP is being slow on the update. Try giving it a go on your mobile, they should have their own DNS servers that might not be so retarded/slow. Otherwise, give it a day or two :\
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008
    I got bored and forgot about it, before it loaded... at nearly 1AM EST.

    If they don't get the load times fixed soon, it won't matter what it does.
  5.  (2824.10) is now, upon linky-clicking, closing itself and trying to download an unknown file type called identi_ca to my desktop.
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    so, it's a twitter type thing. I never did get the gist of Twitter. probably due to me not liking people knowing what I'm doing and being generally antisocial.
  7.  (2824.12) is now, upon linky-clicking, closing itself and trying to download an unknown file type called identi_ca to my desktop.

    Weird, loads fine here. The latest comments mainly complain of things not working. My favorite so far:

    marksalinas: instead of a whale--->Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in /usr/local/share/php/xmlstream.php on line 172
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008
    Currently it doesn't support SMS and I think this is it's biggest stumbling block at the moment

    I'm not even going to look at it until it supports SMS.
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    domain seems to be redirecting now, though the "new" site still appears to function as He's having all kinds of trouble staying up, I bet -- doubt he expected it to break this big today.
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    It's now trying to download an unknown file type called hewitt_controlezvous_ca to my desktop.
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008 edited
    I'm kinda amazed no-one's even mentioned the CC 3.0 for all text and files that you have to agree on before you can sign up. It's not a huge deal, obviously, I mean, it's the internet and all -- who cares if people quote your microblog entries, right? -- but I'm personally not a fan of forced Open Data.
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008
    @Ariana: Problem is, if the federation stuff starts working on and other installations of Laconica, the microblog entries could be transmitted and copied between multiple sites—so, imposing a liberal CC license from the start helps grease those wheels from the start.

    Not that most of the interweb hasn't been working under that implicit understanding for some time now, but hey AP wants to $12.50 to quote five words these days so who knows?
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    If you've been wanting to see what this looks like and haven't been able to get to, this guy's got laconica up and running also.
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    I suspect Laconica hates IE.
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008 edited
    @Mark: By the way, I am that guy. :) Hopefully this software turns into something interesting soon—it's a lot of tech wankery at the moment.