Is federated microblogging about to become a reality?

Way back in 2008 Dave Winer wrote “Microblogging should be decentralized” arguing that reliance on a single, for profit platform such as Twitter was a bad idea.

Admittedly, this was against the backdrop of the fail whale but the idea of a federated service seemed sound – the catch would be that Twitter would have to enable it and build the required tools (or allow developers to build them and we all know how that went!)

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Is federated microblogging about to become a reality?

It’s time for App.net to earn its stripes.

App.netAfter the initial anger at the news of Google Reader’s closing came the realisation that this could actually herald a new era for RSS based news consumption.

Feedly have advised they are developing “Project Normandy” a clone of the Reader API and will switch to it automatically and other services such as Digg have announced plans to build their own alternative.

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It’s time for App.net to earn its stripes.