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Comparison of microblogging services

The tables below compare general and technical information for some notable active microblogging services and social network services that have status updates.

General information

Service Owner Launched Primary service Software license Content license Multilingual Ad-free
Facebook Facebook, Inc.[1] 2004-02 social network proprietary own TOS Yes No
Google+ Google, Inc. 2011-06 social network proprietary own TOS Yes Yes
identi.ca Status Net, Inc. 2008-07 [2] micro-blogging Apache v2 (pump.io) CC-BY 3.0 Yes Yes
Tout Tout 2010-04 [3] micro-blogging proprietary own TOS Yes Yes
Twitter Twitter, Inc. 2006-08 [4] micro-blogging proprietary own TOS Yes No
Yammer Yammer, Inc. 2008-09 [5] micro-blogging proprietary own TOS Yes Yes
Instapray Instapray, Inc. 2013-03 social network proprietary own TOS No Yes

Features

An overview of integral features. Extras may be provided by third party applications/services, but are not listed here.

Service Tagging[Note 1] Groups Conversation[Note 2] Private[Note 3] Private following list OpenMicroBlogging RSS Atom FOAF Bookmarklet
Facebook Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No Yes No ? ?
Google+ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No[6] No[6] ? ?
identi.ca Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[7]
Twitter Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes No[8] No[8] No No
Instapray Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No No No No No
  1. ^ Tagging in micro-blogging services is normally done with hashtags.
  2. ^ The ability to see whole conversation (multiple replies) on one flat page.
  3. ^ If this service has the ability to hide posts from the general public.

Posting and reading

Communication methods supported by the services. Extras may be provided by third party applications/services, but are not listed here.

Service Post via Read via
Web XMPP E-Mail SMS API Web XMPP E-Mail SMS API Feed
Facebook Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
identi.ca Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jaiku Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes
Qaiku Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Twitter Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes Yes

See also

References

  1. ^ Eldon, Eric. (2008-12-18). "2008 Growth Puts Facebook In Better Position to Make Money". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Control Yourself, Inc. launches Identi.ca, the Open Microblogging Service". Control Yourself, Inc. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (2011-12-05). "News Chiefs 'Tout' Benefits of Social Video". Broadcasting & Cable. 
  4. ^ Twitter - Where did the idea for Twitter come from?
  5. ^ - About Yammer
  6. ^ a b "Overview: Version 1.1 of the Twitter API". Twitter. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Identi.ca bookmarklet
  8. ^ a b "Overview: Google Feed API". Google. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
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