An introduction to µBlogging

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This talk was presented to Manchester Free Software, explaining very loosely what the differences are between various µBlogging platforms.

This talk was recorded and is available at http://www.archive.org/details/Manchester.Free.Software.Jon.Spriggs

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An introduction to µBlogging

  1. 1. Introducing µ Blogging By Jon ”The Nice Guy” Spriggs jon@spriggs.org.uk http://identi.ca/jontheniceguy Identi.ca, OpenMicroBlogging, Laconica, JaikuEngine and even... Twitter!
  2. 2. Who am I? <ul><li>My name is Jon.
  3. 3. I'm a Southerner.
  4. 4. This is not my day job.
  5. 5. I'm an enthusiast for all things Free & Open.
  6. 6. But most of all, I'm a GNU/ Linux nut. </li></ul>
  7. 7. So, what is µBlogging <ul><li>Short messages, like SMS, but on a web page.
  8. 8. You ”follow” or subscribe to someone's updates.
  9. 9. They become your ”follower” and subscribe to yours.
  10. 10. It's a managable chunk of information.
  11. 11. You end up with a ”life stream”. </li></ul>
  12. 12. µBlog Conventions – Other People <ul><li>If you put @ then a follower's name in the text, the text @SomeOne is a link pointing to the person.
  13. 13. On some platforms, a ”reply” is classed as an update where @SomeOne is at the beginning *.
  14. 14. On others, a ”reply” occurs wherever @SomeOne is in the text. You may also tag friends and then use the tags to address a group of friends with @#TagName.
  15. 15. You can send a private message from all platforms by prefixing your message with D PersonName. </li></ul>
  16. 16. µBlog Conventions - Tags <ul><li>Best known is the ”hash tag”.
  17. 17. The hash (#) tag is derived from use on IRC.
  18. 18. They are picked by you, but may be recommended by an event organiser for tracking purposes.
  19. 19. On some platforms, the hash tag automatically links to a list of all updates with the hash tag.
  20. 20. You have to search for updates in the public timeline with updates which have that tag. </li></ul>
  21. 21. µBlog Conventions - Group <ul><li>On Laconica, you can use a ”bang”, ”pling”, ”exclamation” tag, which is the ! symbol.
  22. 22. The bang tag is used to address opt-in groups of people with similar interests.
  23. 23. Anyone in the group will get all the updates which contain the tag.
  24. 24. Again, the tag will link to a page of updates which contain that tag – you don't need to follow people who are in the group, it's like following the tag. </li></ul>
  25. 25. µBlog Conventions - Conversations <ul><li>Different platforms handle conversations differently.
  26. 26. Some platforms just show a link to the person you're replying to and their last update before your reply.
  27. 27. Some platforms will only show the ”reply” when it's definitely in reply to an update
  28. 28. Some platforms start a conversation after every update. Replies show only on that initial update.
  29. 29. Some platforms don't appear to have been engineered to have a conversation on the system. </li></ul>
  30. 30. µBlog Systems Via http://leo.tumblr.com/post/108157883/the-original-twitter-via-charlie-gower
  31. 31. µBlog Systems <ul><li>Twitter
  32. 32. Laconica
  33. 33. Jaiku Engine
  34. 34. XMPP Pub-Sub
  35. 35. Facebook </li></ul>
  36. 36. How can you use µBlogs? <ul><li>Tell everyone about your dinner plans
  37. 37. Broadcast an RSS feed to subscribers
  38. 38. Develop communities
  39. 39. Slow, searchable, public IRC-like system
  40. 40. Announce news
  41. 41. Converse about subjects you're interested in
  42. 42. ” Back-channel” at events </li></ul>
  43. 43. How can I get involved? <ul><li>In the server sphere – get involved in the software development of AGPL licensed identi.ca or ASL licensed JaikuEngine.
  44. 44. From the client side – make sure if you're developing a microblogging application, you know about how the services work, so you can consider including them. </li></ul>
  45. 45. How can I get involved? <ul><li>As a developer – consider using Microblogging when talking about the project
  46. 46. As a user – give microblogging a try – it doesn't really matter which platform you're on, just bear in mind that some platforms are more open than others </li></ul>
  47. 47. Any Questions?

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