Is it possible?
Internet comes up with solutions to every problem. Be it fixing your stuff or broken softwares. It has answers to all the questions.
In this case, we have got a couple of good softwares/scripts which perfectly meet our requirements. These are FREE microblogging scripts which can create something looking like twitter.
Here are few of them:
Floopo is an out of box script which enables you to start a microblogging site.
Most of its features are similar to those of twitter, it has both more and less to it. It enables the users to post picture updates along with the 140 char text ones. Though I feel twitter also has its own way of doing something similar. Well, there are quite lot picture sharing sites made specially for twitter. A good example could be Twitpic.com.
It doesn’t have the search function and the API support. But they are planning those features along with enabling users to get updates from twitter.
In my opinion, floopo surely needs a better look. The dull colors make the site unimpressive to the user. But that should be no problem if you are a web designer and work a better theme.
- PHP 5+ (Linux/Unix type server)
- Apache web server
- .htaccess support
- Mysql database server
- Ioncube loaders
Well, this has to be my favorite. Ever heard of identi.ca, if not let me tell you that it is one of the top competitors of twitter. StarusNET was formerly known at lanonica. Only thing I have to say is that it is at par with the twitter along with a lot additional plugins supported by an open source community.
Moreover it can be connected to other popular social networks like twitter, facebook, etc. with ease, i.e., no need to update your StatusNET site instead it’ll get your update from the social network you use often. It has also support for OpenID.
Its based on PHP and no hefty requirements.
Can the almighty google be left behind? Jaiku is google’s reply to twitter. Jaiku’s code was eventually made available by google as open source and is currently known by the name of JaikuEngine. It runs on Google’s AppEngine and is scripted in python. So you’ll need a python enabled server to use.
They call “Shartronix Opensource”, a multimedia microblogging platform. Well, I’ll say its the most simple looking of all of them listed. It has most of the features. Its a PHP based script but allows you do a lot. I’ll say its somewhere between twitter and facebook.
- Apache HTTP Server
- Apache mod_rewrite module
- MySQL – version 5.0 or higher
- PHP – version 5.1 or higher
- PHP Curl library
- PHP GD library
If you have used twitter when it just became popular, then you know how will jisko exactly work.
It has the API feature and can be integrated with the twitter. Also has mobile support. It is also written in PHP.
If you use Jisko you’ll have a feeling of using something familiar.
Another open source software which has a lot features. The author has tried to integrate as many features as possible. It allows the users to add pictures, files and stuff to their updates along with twitter-like App support. It can also be integrated with social networks like twitter, identi.ca using apps.
It runs on PHP and Mysql.
The homepage is quite messed and there is wiki to explain stuff better.
There were some others which didn’t fill the bill of this post but can also help you create something similar or better.
1. Echowaves – Has a hell lot of features.
2. Yonkly – The open source version of the software should be could if you can really work on it as developer. The paid versions overshadow the free one.
3. Sweetter – A nice script but hasn’t been updated since last year.