Microblogging platform helps people in a community, company or group to exchange short (about 140-character-long) messages over the Web, update their current status or simply post their current activities. Most microblogging websites provides users to choose which people to “follow” and receive only their friends’ or colleagues’ status messages. One of the most popular microblogging websites are Twitter, Jaiku and Plurk.
Despite the fact that for developing such website you will need a lot of development work you can still create Twitter-clone with all the basic functionalities pretty easy. In this article we will introduce you to an applications on which you can base your microblogging website.
Laconica (pronounced “luh-KAWN-ih-kuh”). It is a Free Open Source microblogging platform which is still under development process. Still, it covers all of the main features that are required for creating a microblogging platform.
As soon as you login with your Laconica username and password you will be displayed with a message box on the top of the page where you can insert status update. By presing the Send button your message will be displayed on the public timeline.
Using Laconica you can also create groups to which your members may join and follow the status updates. The reply button next to the post provides you with the option to easily reply to member`s post within a click. One great functionality of Laconica is the SMS notification which can be configured for your user:
The Twitter connect functionality allows you to automatically receive your notices to Twitter, and subscribe to Twitter friends already here.
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