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I'm now on identi.ca [Apr. 4th, 2009|02:25 am]
I created an account on identi.ca tonight. It's a "microblogging" service similar to Twitter. For those of you that don't know what that is (or don't see the point of it), think of it as a way of having instant-message type conversations out in the open with your friends, so that anyone can read them and join in. You can even set it up to send and receive messages through your IM client.

There's been some discussion recently on the Ant Hill mailing list about moving random email banter to a microblogging site (identi.ca being one suggestion). I'd already been thinking about getting into this sort of thing, but I refuse to sign up for any more "walled garden" services like Twitter. I figured all the others were set up the same way. identi.ca looks good, though. From their FAQ:
How is Identi.ca different from Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Plurk, others?

Identi.ca is an Open Network Service. Our main goal is to provide a fair and transparent service that preserves users' autonomy. In particular, all the software used for Identi.ca is Free Software, and all the data is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, making it Open Data.

The software also implements the OpenMicroBlogging protocol, meaning that you can have friends on other microblogging services that can receive your notices.

The goal here is autonomy -- you deserve the right to manage your own on-line presence. If you don't like how Identi.ca works, you can take your data and the source code and set up your own server (or move your account to another one).
Anyway, if any of you use it, or decide to sign up, my username is chrisacheson (surprise) UPDATE: cacheson.