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Status.net was 'better than Twitter and open' for a while; as I understand it, Status.net was grouping together threads of replies, and handling @mentions in the body of a message (as opposed to only at the beginning) long before Twitter did those things.

Of course, they were kind of obvious additions and Twitter does them too now. Status.net also had a very handy, very slick XMPP interface, perfect for those of us who don't like to play "where's the setting" on a website. Unfortunately that got taken down with the upgrade to Status.net 1.0, and hasn't yet returned.

There are many other StatusNet sites out there that support the XMPP interface. Or you can start your own.

I personally run https://freesocial.org/ which is based on the StatusNet software.

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