Laura Arjona Reina

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Dear #freesoftware and #identica quiet friends
I can understand that some of you just wanted microblogging with a Twitter Bridge, and and the network right now offer other kind of things.
I understand that some of you don't want to setup a server (in fact, setup any server), and prefer to use third party services.
But, if this is your case, why didn't you sign an account in other public server (for example, I'm in ) and keep on microblogging from there? Why you just moved to Twitter, and grow the sad, centralized internet?

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I use Twitter to watch political folks banter back & forth as well as feed breaking news to my phone via SMS when I'm not near WiFi.

Stephen Michael Kellat at 2013-09-17T22:15:44Z

Luis, tradem likes this.

Centralized sites' stability: 
Only for the top one to three sites in a category. Anyone who used Pownce or Jaiku (microblogging), Dodgeball or BrightKite (location) has seen their accounts and data vanish. Some did offer export, but export is of little use unless it can be re-imported elsewhere. Otherwise, hosted services (regardless of who hosts them or how centralized / decentralized the service) are subject to closure or modification at any time.

I use Twitter because: 
I believe the original post is only about those who abandoned federated networks for Twitter when Identica made the PumpIO transition.

This is a valid question: If someone hates PumpIO enough to stop using Identica, why did they not join one of the public StatusNet instances? I can think of some reasons why someone might not do so:
  • Fear that another federated network host would shut down or switch software.
  • The people they communicated with on Identica may have dispersed across multiple networks.
  • They may have used Identica primarily as an open source interface for posting to Twitter.
  • They may have already been using Twitter, in addition to one or more federated networks, and just dropped Identica from the lineup.
In the end, though, the networks you use must be those which satisfy your needs. Maybe What could StatusNet and / or PumpIO change to make former Identica users want to return? is the appropriate question. at 2013-09-18T11:57:57Z
I use Twitter because:
I believe the original post is only about those who abandoned federated networks for Twitter when Identica made the PumpIO transition.

Yes. The main sentence of my post was the first one: "Dear freesoftware identica quiet friends"

Dear friends because I know them and I love them

Free software because they use and *promote* free software because they were active users before the transition (and *promoted* the use of as a free software microblogging platform)

Quiet because they are not using now (or using it much much less than before) and they are not active in other free software microblogging platform. They just went to Twitter (they were there before too, but posting from

It makes me think that even creating an account in a server is a high barrier today.

I sent my post to, (and the fediverse), and from it has been propagated to Twitter.

I was expecting some Twitter replies from people that we know each other , but the fact is that I obtained answers only from the StatusNet federation or from here the Pumpiverse.

I love you all, but you are already using freesoftware platforms for posting :)

Laura Arjona Reina at 2013-09-18T21:16:01Z

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I have my own version of, but mostly to log statuses from xymon/hobbit, rather than my own federated microblogging site. 

I already had twitter and I am ok using it, it's not that I do anything serious in it.  I did not know about, I should look into it, thanks for the information.

In my opinion, I think that one of the problems is the change of infrastructure that was introduced with, that made many of the existing clients for obsolete. Although some of these were flexible enough to be used in other installations, some were hard coded to talk to

This is changing slowly, but it will take a bit until clients adjust to the new API, until then, it'll be a matter of waiting for the adoption to occur.

Luis at 2013-09-22T02:15:37Z