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StatusNet logo.jpg
Original author(s) Evan Prodromou
Developer(s) StatusNet Inc.
Initial release August 26, 2009 (2009-08-26)[1]

1.1.1  (July 16, 2013; 10 years ago (2013-07-16))

Preview release none [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual
Type Instant messaging software
Microblogging software
License(s) Affero General Public License v3+

StatusNet (formerly Laconica[2]) was a free open-source microblogging application written in PHP, implementing the OStatus standard for interoperation between installations. While offering functionality similar to Twitter, StatusNet sought to provide the potential for open, inter-service and distributed communications between microblogging communities, allowing enterprises and individuals to install and control their own services and data.[3][4]

Product history

StatusNet was originally called "Laconica," a reference to the Laconic phrase, a particularly concise or terse statement the likes of which are famously attributed to the leaders of Sparta (Laconia being the Greek region containing Sparta).[5] In microblogging, since all messages are forced to be very short due to the ~140 character limit on message size, thus they are all de facto laconic phrases.

On August 28, 2009, Laconica was renamed to StatusNet coinciding with the release of version 0.8.1 (aka "Second Guessing") of the StatusNet software.[2] Of the new name, developer Even Prodromou said it "simply reflects what our software does: send status updates into your social network."[2]

Version 0.9.0, released March 3, 2010, added support for OStatus, a new distributed update standard superseding OpenMicroBlogging.[6]

Version 1.0.0 was released on September 30, 2011.[7]

On December 18, 2012, Prodromou announced the end of StatusNet, to be replaced by a new company name E14N and product StatusNet services were expected to be shut off completely by February 1, 2013.[8] In March 2013, tech writer Nathan Willis theorized "StatusNet never quite reached its original goal of becoming a decentralized, multi-site platform" because their site which used the technology "was quickly branded as an open source 'Twitter replacement' ... [which] hampered StatusNet's adoption as a federated solution."[9]


The main features of StatusNet included[10]:

  • activity streams
  • user profiles
  • user groups
  • direct messaging
  • content sharing
  • address book
  • searchable conversations
  • follow dynamic search streams
  • administrative tools
  • tagging
  • LDAP directory integration
  • third-party application connectivity
  • mobile support
  • analytics
  • support for plugins and extensions
  • custom branding

Hardware/software requirements

PHP and a number of extensions and libraries were required for installation. Reference the installation documentation for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Videos of StatusNet in action were found on the StatusNet Wiki.

Entities using StatusNet

Further reading

External links


  1. "README - StatusNet 0.8.1 ("Second Guessing")". Gitorious. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Prodromou, Evan (28 August 2009). "Laconica is now StatusNet". StatusNet Inc. Archived from the original on 14 February 2014. Retrieved 05 January 2015. 
  3. Terdiman, Daniel (6 October 2008). "Taking on Twitter with open-source software". CNet. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  4. Bastien, Malcolm (28 August 2008). "Why Laconica Means Big Things For Corporate Micro Blogging". Malcolm Bastien. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  5. "definition of Laconic phrase". The Free Dictionary. Farlex, Inc. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  6. "StatusNet 0.9.0". StatusNet Wiki. StatusNet Inc. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 05 January 2015. 
  7. Prodromou, Evan (30 September 2011). "StatusNet 1.0.0: It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)". Archived from the original on 08 November 2014. Retrieved 05 January 2015. 
  8. Prodromou, Evan (18 December 2012). "Upcoming changes in the service". Status.Net Blog. Archived from the original on 14 February 2014. Retrieved 05 January 2015. 
  9. Willis, Nathan (27 March 2013). "StatusNet,, and transitioning to". Eklektix, Inc. Retrieved 06 January 2015. 
  10. "Features - StatusNet". StatusNet Inc. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 05 January 2015.