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Original author(s) Evan Prodromou
Developer(s) E14N
Stable release 0.3.0-alpha.1[1]
Written in JavaScript / Node.js
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Web application framework
License Apache License, Version 2.0[2]
Website (pronounced "pump eye-oh")[3] is a general purpose activity streams engine that can be used as a federated social networking protocol which "does most of what people really want from a social network".[1] Started by Evan Prodromou, it is a follow up to StatusNet;[4], which was the largest StatusNet service, switched to in June 2013.[5] However, while StatusNet offered functionality similar to Twitter, offers much more general purpose social networking, and is being adopted by other types of web applications, such as MediaGoblin.[6]


Designed to be much more lightweight and efficient than its StatusNet predecessor,[4] is written in Node.js and uses Activity Streams as the format for commands and to transfer data via a simple REST inbox API.[5] requires: can run easily on low-resource hardware (such as a Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black). It can be used via the Web UI, or other clients via the API.


As a distributed social network, is not tied to a single site. Users across servers can subscribe to each other, and if one or more individual nodes go offline the rest of the network remains intact.

Limitations and issues

Features that were present in StatusNet are still (as of March 2014) not implemented in, such as Groups,[7] hashtags[8] and page listing popular posts.[9]

See also

External links

  • homepage
  • (links to one of several E14N domains)
  • on GitHub
  • E14N
  • TINAP episode featuring Evan P and including a song


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