Yay Twitter

Twitter is over capacity again? As the system grows, it will just get worse and worse as they are forced to cut back on features.  Yet another reason to switch to a free, open source & decentrilized alternative.

I *heart* Identi.ca.


Twitter Tools Hacked for Identi.ca

Alex King made Twitter Tools for Wordpress.  Basically allows you to make tweets from your WordPress blog or create Daily/Weekly digests from  your tweets.  

Here is a hack to get this to work with Identi.ca.

Identi.ca – Twitter’s Free Alternative

“But I thought Twitter was free?”   It is, till they decide it’s not.  We’re talking “free bird” here, not just “free beer“.

Why do I use WordPress?  Because it’s free and open source.  I can archive my entries locally.  I don’t have to worry about the proprietary service (aka Livejournal) shutting down, and denying me access to my entries.    I can fully customize the look and function of my blog.  I can… well…  I can do anything. If I don’t have the time to setup my own WordPress server, I can go to WordPress.com and get a free account.  Then, when I do eventually get the time to setup my own server, I can archive ALL my blog entries and upload them to my own server.

This type of thinking applies to just about everything I do.  If I can find an open source alternative, I’ll use it… or at least give it a try.  My latest discovery was Identi!

Identi, an alternative to Twitter. Laconi (on which Identi is based) is open source & more scalable than Twitter.  What’s that mean?  You can download the software and set up your own server.  Also, Laconi servers can talk to other Laconi servers.   I mean, that’s kinda the whole idea behind the web, isn’t it?

Till another better, more free alternative to Twitter pops up, you’ll be hearing me talk a lot about Identi, so get used to it.

Don’t feel like downloading Laconi and setting it up?  Then just go to Identi.ca and and open a free account.   Don’t want to leave your Twitter followers high and dry?  Well, you can have your Identi.ca account update your Twitter account, automatically…  while you migrate.

Sorry about that… I just get pretty excited when people share through open source.


Daily Digest / 2008-11-11

Story of Stuff: An anti-consumerist example of how to make your point simple and easy to understand in a simple visual way.  #


  • So far, I haven’t found a better illustration blog than Gorilla Artfare#
  • Setting Up Posts via GTalk: I didn’t get an IM confirm message till I added update@identi.ca to my buddy list, which wasn’t online initially.  Now I can post to my Identi account via GTalk! #
  • Google just added voice and video chat capabilities to Gmail. Oh my! #

Daily Digest / 2008-11-10

  • Just saw “The Happening”. Liked it. Different, solid message & good production. Check out the creepy trailer at FirstShowing.net.
  • Larry Lessig’s Web 2.0: Nice presentation that will hopefully get you thinking about money and trust.  We can start here, and help him change congress.
  • Currently testing this widget for identi, with a modified version of `tweet tools`.  Gotta love the daily digests. #
  • Embedded music play lists. Will have to check this out: http://www.last.fm #
  • If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.” – Marcus Alexander Brigstocke ? via Wikipedia #

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