9 Open Source Microblogging Applications


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Microblogging, with the wide usage of Twitter, is a hot subject in today’s web.

Using few words & spending less effort compared to the standard blogging, it becomes possible to share knowledge, feelings, etc. And, it keeps users connected to other users with the simple yet powerful community features.

While there are very popular microblogging services like Twitter, Tumblr or Plurk, being a rival may not be (or may be) the best idea. However, in order to create something unique, a community for a closed group or a microblog for a single user, there are still huge opportunities.

Here are 9 open source microblogging applications to create your own:

StatusNet (PHP)


StatusNet (previously Laconica) is the engine which runs the popular microblogging site Identi.ca.

It is built with PHP/MySQL & offers a smooth usage as it is a widely used, mature application.

P.S. The source can be found here.

Yonkly (Asp.Net)

Yonkly - Open Source Asp.Net Twitter Clone

Yonkly is an Asp.Net-powered Twitter-clone for creating your own microblogging community network.

Besides the open source version, it has a hosted & an advanced standalone version.

JaikuEngine (Python)


Jaiku was the microblogging site of Google. However, they decided no longer to develop the code but make it open source under the name JaikuEngine.

Anyone can set up and run their own JaikuEngine instance on Google App Engine. Alo, there is an open source mobile client & frontend.

Floopo (PHP)


This free microblogging script is built with PHP & MySQL.

It functions very similar to Twitter & provides a powerful backend to manage the whole system.

Jisko (PHP)


Jisko is a PHP microblogging application that offers a Twitter-like API for developing it further.

Users can have their profile pages, message with each other easily & Jisko is compatible with mobile devices.

PageCookery (PHP)


PageCookery is a single-user microblog which can pull data from social networks like Flickr, last.fm, etc.

It offers an Ajaxed interface where users can comment to the entries easily.

P.S. The original page is Chinese. However, you can view the English version behind Google Translate.

EchoWaves (Ruby on Rails)


EchoWaves is a ready-to-use hosted application where the source code is offered for free.

It is a collaboration tool & a social network which is focused to conversations rather than the users.

P2 WordPress Theme (PHP)

Wordpress Twitter Theme

This is a WordPress theme which can convert your blogging engine into a Twitter-like interface.

It has real-time updates where new posts & comments come in without reloading. There are also inline comments, posting from homepage & more.

Motion (Typepad – Python)

TypePad Motion

TypePad Motion enables publishers and marketers to create vibrant, branded communities that deepen loyalty and increase page views while giving you total control of your brand.

It is based on Pownce & MovableType Motion and built with Django.

Blurt.it (PHP – Added on 19 October 2009)


Blurt.it is a fresh microblogging application that requires PHP/MySQL to run.

Very similar to Twitter, users can easily connect with each other with open or private threads.

  • What about Blurt.it? http://blurt.it/

  • @Nikola,
    Thanks for the Blurt.it. Hadn’t heard it, looks nice and added to the post.

  • alra

    http://openmicroblogger.org/ is also very nice and easy to setup

  • Hey, nice article, wanted to clarify some stuff re: Motion though. Moveable Type Motion was an experiment that was released about a year ago, and while we got a lot of people asking about it we never really deployed it on any large sites. Since then we’ve developed TypePad Motion, which is based on Pownce and MT Motion, but runs on top of the TypePad API. TypePad Motion is free and open source (BSD licensed) and you can find out how to get your own instance up and running at http://developer.typepad.com/motion/create-motion.html

  • @Mike,
    Thanks very much for the info and clearification.

    I’ve just updated the Motion part of the post which now links to Typepad Motion.

  • Jef

    Nice post, interesting.

  • Lars

    which application is qualified for make a service like Twicker http://twicker.net/

  • Thank you, Umut M.

    I really like it because you can easily post photos and videos from YouTube, MySpace, Metacafe, Vimeo 🙂

  • See sweetter.net, opensource written with python, with v3.0 written from scratch using django and with a plugin based architecture.

  • you can use http://sweetter.net/ too


  • You did good job.

  • Sarah C.

    Didn’t know about Jisko. I’ll give it a try.

    I’ve read that Jisko has lots of languages available, it has also AJAX and tags support. It also can be tested at http://www.jisko.net

    Very good job! Thanks!

  • Only one designed with ASP, i guess that proves 8 out of 9 prefer php.

  • Jesty

    Yonkly doesn’t ever work, unless you get a paid version. The developer declines to help for the open source one. I wonder why people quote Yonkly so often!!! I’ve put my complete 2 days messing around, putting in various mvc versions, various visual studios expresses, that damn thing won’t ever work. Yes I know what you’ll say. Off course, its always better to develop your own app rather than getting an open-source and then complaining. Thanks.

  • Nice post, this is what I am looking for. thanks !

  • I am looking for a platform to create a microblogging site. The p2 wordpress theme seems quite nice.

  • At this time it looks like BlogEngine is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  • What about wordpress? 🙂