Commit 6148c7a1 authored by Evan Prodromou's avatar Evan Prodromou

update faq

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What is %%site.name%%?
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%%site.name%% is a [micro-blogging](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro-blogging) service.
%%site.name%% is a stream oriented social network service.
You can use it to write short notices about yourself, where you are,
and what you're doing, and those notices will be sent to all your friends
and fans.
How is %%site.name%% different from Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Plurk, others?
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%%site.name%% is an [Open Network Service](http://opendefinition.org/ossd). Our main
goal is to provide a fair and transparent service that preserves users' autonomy. In
particular, all the software used for %%site.name%% is [Free Software](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Software), and all the data is available
under the [%%license.title%%](%%license.url%%) license, making it Open Data.
You can also post event invitations, bookmarks, polls, and questions or
other kinds of social broadcasts.
The software also implements the [OpenMicroBlogging](http://openmicroblogging.org/) protocol, meaning that you can have friends on other microblogging services
that can receive your notices.
How is %%site.name%% different from Twitter?
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The goal here is *autonomy* -- you deserve the right to manage your own on-line
presence. If you don't like how %%site.name%% works, you can take your data and the source code and set up your own server (or move your account to another one).
Like [Twitter](http://twitter.com/), %%site.name%% is a light service
with a stream-oriented interface. It uses @-replies, hashtags,
provides search, and has private messages. It provides an API, and can
be integrated with SMS systems. You can create lists.
Where is feature X?
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Unlike Twitter, %%site.name%% allows more data than just plain text
and links to travel across the network. You can install the StatusNet
software that runs %%site.name%% on your own servers, since it's Free
and Open Source software. You can make groups, and share privately
with those groups.
The software we run, [StatusNet](http://status.net/), is still in its early stages,
and many features people expect from microblogging sites are not yet implemented. Some important ones that are expected "soon":
You can make your site available only to people you choose. You can
customize it with your own themes and plugins, or download plugins
from the StatusNet site.
* More [AJAX](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AJAX)-y interface
* Maps
* Cross-post to Pownce, Jaiku, etc.
* Pull messages from Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku, etc.
* [Facebook](http://www.facebook.com/) integration
* Image, video, audio notices
How is %%site.name%% different from Yammer, SocialCast, or Salesforce Chatter?
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There is [a list of bugs and features](http://status.net/bugs/) that you may find
interesting. New ideas or complaints are very welcome.
Like some enterprise social software services, StatusNet lets you
share privately with other people in your company. You can use
microapps to post richer kinds of data, use public and private groups
to share with team members, use extended profiles to show more about
yourself and your company, and review groups and users in a directory.
Unlike those other services, StatusNet is free and open source
software. You can install it on your own servers. You can customize
the theme and add plugins.
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