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18 December 2012, 17:10

StatusNet transforms into Node.js-driven

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Evan Prodromou, the founder of, has announced that the company is closing down its microblog hosting service and is migrating active accounts to its new service while archiving unused ones. The company will also rebrand under the name e14n to reflect the fact that it is offering more than just one product.

The company has now stopped development on its open source Status.Net software. That software started life as a Twitter clone, unlike the new platform is more of a general purpose messaging server than a microblogging system. As Prodromou said on, "I think it's more like postfix, ircd, or jabberd. A server for sending and receiving stuff in particular ways."

The service itself will, much like the other free-of-charge and commercial accounts run by the company, eventually be folded into the new platform. However, Prodromou says that this will not happen until other public instances are up and running on the new service that users can use. He announced this "So, y'know, don't freak out", he told's user community. He also expressed sadness over leaving the domain behind and thanked the employees who kept the infrastructure running.

In contrast to the AGPL licensed StatusNet which is written in PHP, is using JavaScript with the Node.js framework and is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. The software is currently at version 0.1, version 0.2 is in development and will include a web front-end that works with the messaging server. Source code for the software is available on GitHub.

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