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authorEvan Prodromou <evan@status.net>2011-09-30 14:53:23 -0400
committerEvan Prodromou <evan@status.net>2011-09-30 14:53:23 -0400
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What is %%site.name%%?
-%%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?
-%%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?
-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?
+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?
-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.