• The Internal Call To Decentralize Twitter That Fizzled

    The Internal Call To Decentralize Twitter That Fizzled

    This is the very last thing I’ll write about Alex Payne writing about Twitter. I think. Payne wrote a great post on his personal blog yesterday with his thoughts on the new version of and what it means. He also reflected back on his time (three and a half years) at Twitter, before moving on to his new job, with the banking disruption startup BankSimple. Payne, who has a… Read More

  • Open Source Microblogging Startup StatusNet Lands More Funding

    StatusNet, the startup behind the open source microblogging server with the same name, has taken on additional investment led by New York-based FirstMark Capital and joined by BOLDstart Ventures, iNovia Capital and Montreal Start Up. Founder of open source ad platform OpenX, angel investor and FirstMark Capital partner Scott Switzer will join the StatusNet board. The fresh round brings… Read More

  • StatusNet Signs Sh*t My Dad Says For Hosted Microblogging (Public Beta)

    Does the world need more than one Twitter? How about 10,000 of them? That is how many sites are running on the hosted version of StatusNet, which went into private beta at our Realtime CrunchUp last November. Today, StatusNet is opening up its hosted service to all comers in a public beta. You can think about StatusNet as the WordPress of microblogging. StatusNet is open-source software… Read More

  • Status.Net: The WordPress For Microblogs Gets A Hosted Solution

    Last year, we saw the launch of, the open-sourced alternative to Twitter. At the time, we wrote that the company was never going to rival Twitter. As it turns out, that’s not the goal of parent company StatusNet. Instead, the startup is looking to become something akin to a ‘WordPress for microblogs’. That is to say, they make a platform that others can… Read More

  • The Realtime Agenda For The Realtime CrunchUp

    Over the past few weeks, it’s definitely been crunchtime as we’ve been putting together the panels and demos for our Realtime CrunchUp on November 20 in San Francisco. Get your tickets here. After much back and forth, and with the help of our Realtime Board, we finally have an agenda we are very excited to present (see below). Speakers will include Twitter COO Dick Costolo… Read More

  • StatusNet (Of Fame) Raises $875,000 To Become The WordPress Of Microblogging

    Montreal-based StatusNet, the company behind the open-source microblogging service, is closing an $875,000 seed round today. Investors include Montreal Startup, iNovia Capital, Fotolia co-founder Oleg Tscheltzoff, and Xavier Niel. The startup, which changed its name a few weeks ago from Control Yourself, raised a previous seed round of $150,000 from Montreal Startup in January… Read More