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Project NameDescriptionFeaturesHome PageLanguages/
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RequirementsLicenseProtocolsPrivacy SupportSecurityFederation (with other applications or services)Version/MaturityNo. of Active Nodes
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FriendicaDistributed social communications and profile server. Supports seamless integration with "friends" across several legacy networks (Facebook, Twitter, StatusNet, Diaspora, Email, RSS/blogs, etc.) using a variety of communication protocols. PHP, commodity hosting.Please see http://friendica.com/features. Privacy and security. Distributed wall-wall posts, transit encryption, text/photo/video/audio/data/embed, plugins, themes, events, loads of end-user featureshttp://friendica.comphp/mysql/apacheapache/mod-rewrite, php5.2+, mysql5+, cron or scheduled tasks
OStatus (webfinger/lrdd, atom, activitystrea.ms, salmon, pubsubhubbub, portablecontacts), diaspora, openid, dfrn, rino, Zot!, imap, smtp, FB-graph, moreyes - extensiveserver-to-server communications encryption on supported networksStatus.net, Diaspora, Facebook, Twitter, Email, RSS/blogs, etc. stable/production> 300 server instances published in global directory. Unknown number of "standalone" or sites run by private orgs.
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JappixPredominantly an XMPP client with Microblogging "built on"XMPP client + Microblogginghttp://codingteam.net/project/jappixPHPBrowser: a modern HTML5-capable browser / Server: a web server with PHP5, XMPP & BOSH servers (optional)AGPLXMPPexcellent: based on presence authorizationsproduction
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CrabgrassCrabgrass is a software libre web application designed for social networking, group collaboration and network organizing.focus on collaboration within and between groups. Wikis, task lists, asset management, photo galleries, decision making. Primary emphasis is on privacy.http://crabgrass.riseup.net/Ruby/ Ruby on RailsAGPL v3none?Simple permissionsnoactive use
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DiasporaThe privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network.microblogging
photo sharing
'aspects'- friend management
http://www.joindiaspora.com/Ruby/ Ruby on RailsAGPL-3.0RoadmapRoadmap: 'Near Future': 'Services Integration'pre-alpha24 listed on Diaspora Wiki
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StatusNetStatusNet is the open source microblogging platform that helps you share and connect in real-time within your own domain.microblogginghttp://status.net/-PHP 5.2.3+ w/ extensions: Curl, XMLWriter, MySQL, GD, mbstring
-MySQL 5.x
-Web server

See Readme:
http://gitorious.org/statusnet/mainline/blobs/master/README
AGPLv3OStatus
OpenID
FOAF
available for sites, planned for accounts and postsYes0.9 (Active use)
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GNU SocialGNU social, true to the Unix-philosophy of small programs to do a small job, will be a decentralized social network that you can install on your own serverhttp://www.gnu.org/software/social/PHPPHP5 (including the OpenID, gd and curl libraries) plus MySQL 5 or later
Apache 2 or later, or lighttpd are supported as web servers
AGPLv3OStatusyes
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KuneKune is a free/libre collaborative decentralized usable web platform focused on: the collaborative edition in real time of free contents, thinking on the collaborative work of collectives; its publishing on the web; and the communication in social network. Within Kune, users can communicate as in any social network, but also belong to several collectives where they can work collaboratively in the construction of free materials (Creative Commons default), which are publishable directly on the web. It aims to facilitate the work of decentralized social movements without depending on for-profit centralized structures (Google Docs, Google Calendar, Yahoo Groups, Facebook, Youtube, etc).group-oriented; collaborative real-time edition; group calendar; web-publishing; multiple tools: docs, blogs, wikis, mailing lists, tasklists, multimedia galleries, chat (XMPP), barters... ; gadgets (for maps, twitter streams, polls, events or whatever). http://kune.ourproject.org
http://kune.cc
Java + framework GWT (generates AJAX)
Server: Debian/Ubuntu; Optional: OpenFire for XMPP. Browser: non-IEAGPLv3XMPP + Wave Federation Protocolexcellent (each content is shared with specific people/groups/everyone)SSL enabled. Encryption planned, not implemented yetFull transparent Federation with other Kune instances, other "Apache Wave" instances or any other Wave Federation Protocol-compatible application. User controls all her contents from all servers from her Kune inbox. Shared waves synchronized among servers in real time transparently.production3
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MovimThe MOVIM project is made to create a open-source, free, decentralized and social platform.XMPP client + Microblogginghttp://www.movim.eu/PHPAGPLv3XMPPdevelopment
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NoosferoNoosfero is a web platform for social networks with blog, e-Porfolios, CMS, RSS, thematic discussion and events agenda in the same system! Get to know, use it, participate and contribute to this free software project! Social Networking (tree entities: persons, communities and organizations)
CMS: folders, articles, RSS, image and file upload.
Blog and commentary notifications.
e-Portfolio (individuals & groups)
Sharing Interests
Thematic Discussion
Events Agenda
Services and Products Display Window
tagging, blocks(“widgets”), RSS import, categories, adding custom themes, news portal
http://noosfero.org/AGPLv3Privacy support: Users can put their profiles (or communities) as private and them only their friends (or members) can see itunder consideration?active use
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ownCloudA personal cloud server which runs on your personal server and enables accessing your data from everywhere and sharing with other people.Cloudstorage and plugins for Photos, Media, RSS and morehttp://owncloud.org/PHPAGPLv3WebDAV, Open Collaboration Servicesyesver. 1.0
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buddycloudlocation, messaging, photo/video sharinghttp://buddycloud.com/ and
http://buddycloud.org/
Apache 2.0XMPP
Ostatus
Yesyes
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OpenLink Data Spaces (ODS)ODS is an industry standards-compliant platform for personally- and/or organizationally-oriented data spaces that includes a broad collection of distributed collaborative applications including blogs, wikis, shared bookmarks, file management, calendaring, email, photo galleries, discussion forums, polls, and more.

Every item of data within an ODS instance is endowed with a de-referenceable URI. This enables any HTTP-compatible client to obtain a negotiated representation of the description of any ODS data item.
Profile Management, Blogs, Wikis, Bookmark Sharing, Address Books, Calendars, Feed Aggregation, Polls, Discussion Forums (includes NNTP support), File Servers (WebDAV-based Briefcase), Email....http://ods.openlinksw.com/wiki/ODS/Virtuoso PL; Any Language or Framework that allows RESTful interaction with Data via HTTP; C, Python, PHP, Perl, and many others via ODBC; Java via JDBC; VB and others via ADO.NETDual (Comercial and GPLv2 for Open Source Edition)WebID Protocol, WebFinger, OpenID, OAuth, HTTP, SPARQL, Atom Publishing, PubSubHubbub, Semantic Pingback, OpenSocial, Social Graph API, Portable Contacts.yes - WebID ACLs and otherSSL, WebID Protocol, various ACLs, moreYesActive use OpenLink Software runs at least 10 instances. Private entities have an unknown number of private deployments.
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psyceda scalable multi-protocol multi-casting chat, messaging and social server solution to build decentralized chat networks upon, released as open source. Powerful, not bloated, not too hard to get into.profiles
chat
microblogging
http://www.psyced.org/GNU GPL ver2, MITPSYC, Jabber™/XMPP, IRC, TELNET, HTTP, Applet, SMTP, WAP, XML, RSS
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LoreaLorea is a project to create secure social cybernetic systems, in which human networks will become simultaneusly represented on a virtual shared world.

Its aim is to create a distributed and federated nodal organization of entities with no geophysical territory, interlacing their multiple relationships through binary codes and languages.
Profiles, microblogging, streams, groups, plugins, group mailing lists, tasks, calendar, subgroups, tagcloudshttp://lorea.cc/based on Elgg php, mysql, apacheGPLopenid, activitystrea.ms, pubsubhubbub, foaf+ssl
working on: ostatus (60% production), xmpp/psyc (50% development), rdf+sparql (10% development)
excellentproduction
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AppleseedAppleseed is the first open source, decentralized social networking platform, built on a flexible, component-based MVC model.User: Photos, Journals(+RSS), Messaging, Groups, Privacy controls, Friend "Circles", Status Updates, Newsfeeds Internal: Component-based MVC, i18n, Theming. Admin: Node Control, Access Control, One-Click Upgradeshttp://opensource.appleseedproject.orgPHP/Custom MVCPhp 5.2+ mysql 5+GPL v2QuickSocial:
http://github.com/appleseedproj/appleseed/blob/master/_documentation/quicksocial.txt
Yes, friend circles used to categorize friends and restrict/allow accessInternally, others easily added (plugin architecture)Project is dead approx. 150 nodes
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Duuit!Duuit! is the social sharing and collaboration platform with your privacy in mind, created in July 2009 as a better way to socialize and stay connected on the internet.
Duuit! is part of the JamminNet (federated internet services).
search engine, microblogging, status, email, photos, videos, blogs, webpages, xmpp chat, video chat, collaborative drawing, office document, presentation and spreadsheet creation and editing, feed reader, profiles, files, games, gifts, groups, mood, privacy controls, customizable interface, opensimulator 3d environment (alpha testers only)http://duuit.com/phpGPL v2FOAF, XMPP, opensocial, oauth push/pull, ostatus (next release), scrobbling, rss/atom, opendd, pubsub, email, and ircexcellent, acl, granular, profile, avatar, content xmpp, ostatus in testing- due in next releasebeta, in use
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SocialriverSocialriver lets your run your own "stream" site and you can connect your stream to your friends' streams to form a larger social river.http://socialriver.org/PHP, JavascriptMySQLGPL, AGPLOStatus, OpenID
will add support for OAuth
Private Messaging
Privacy Controls
yes
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Friend2FriendF2F is an XSLT scriptable strong-encrypted XML-VM with an F2F communications framework. Installed on a webserver, an F2F servers make up a decentralised network for securely sharing of XML data and requests with friends, friends of friends, foafoaf etc.Strong encryption, XML for all data exchange, Data is digitally signedhttp://friend2friend.net/PHP, XSL (XSLT/XPath/XSL-FO)LGPLConnect to known individuals.alpha
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OpenMicroBloggerDesigned in 2008 to interoperate with laconi.ca, combines Automattic's "Prologue" and "P2" microblogging themes with a Restful MVC "rails style php" back-end (not a WordPress back-end).User-toggleable "apps" to add/remove functionality. RSSCloud and partial OStatus (pubsubhubbub) federation as well as Open Microblogging 0.1. Local follow/unfollow. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr integration. (partial) Twitter API support. Fully Restful design, user interface consumes Rest API.http://openmicroblogger.org/PHP > 4.2
MySQL or PostgreSQL
MITOpen Microblogging 0.1, RSSCloud, (partial) OStatus (pubsubhubbub)yesyesalpha
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6d6d is an online identity building application with the focus on real time updates and privacy through decentralization. Updates can be in the form of pictures, statuses, blog posts, videos, etc. which are then sent to a roster of friends/subscribers. Blog, media library, addressbook, themeable, private messaginghttp://www.get6d.com/Php/ChinchillaPhp 5.2+ sqlite3MITHTTP + RESTAddressbook to send posts to either individuals or groups.Cookie based authentication with username/password account authorizationnot yetalpha5
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KopalKopal is a set of standards that let you be a part of web-wide social network using your very own URI as your identity. Kopal is decentralised and destributed and no signle authority controls the network. Best of all it is an open standard, for any one to hack in. OpenID Core, Multiple profileshttp://code.google.com/p/kopal/Ruby on RailsMITOpenID
Kopal Feed:
http://code.google.com/p/kopal/wiki/Kopal_Feed
Kopal Connect:
http://code.google.com/p/kopal/wiki/Kopal_Connect
alpha
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PyofWavePyOfWave is an implementation of the Google designed Wave internet service. We aim to bring this fantastic collaboration environment back decentralized and grass roots under an Apple experience.Wave is a combination of popular communication services, eMail, IM, wikis, and forums as one service.https://www.drumbeat.org/en-US/projects/pyofwave-server/Twisted Python, Python Standard Library, JavaScriptMVC, jQuery, jQuery extensionsPython 2.7, Twisted, python-xmpp-server (requires Tornado), CouchDB (Optional, recommended for production)Mozilla Public License Version 2.0 Beta TwoXMPPplannedpre-beta
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AmpifyAmpify is an open source, decentralised, social platform. It will provide you with a web application framework to create social apps on top of a secure, decentralised core.Trust-based search, http://ampify.it/Go, Python, CoffeeScript, C, Java, NaagaPublic DomainHTTPS, Ampify Messaging ProtocolYes. Provides fine grained privacy control through object capability security and transport layer encryption.Yes. Provides an application framework similar to Google App Engine. And a web-hook style sensor network for easy integration with other platforms.development
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ObjectCloudObjectCloud is an open-source web server for distributed social networking.customization, flexible hosting, security, application platformhttp://objectcloud.com (Forwards to reference instance for now)C#, ObjectCloudWindows: .Net framework- minimum version 3.5.
Linux and Mac: Mono version 2.4 and SQLite
SimPL 2.0OpenID, ParticleyesPermissions
(SSL on roadmap)
Alpha, active development2
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Project DanubeXRI/XDI-based implementation of a Personal Data Store as well as other identity and personal data services designed to support all "visions" of shifting control over data back to individuals.1) Sharing personal data with companies/organizations
2) Sharing personal data with "friends"
3) Use of personal data for "personal applications"
http://projectdanube.org/Java, Echo3, Wicket, Spring, ...TBD, likely Eclipse or ApacheOStatus, OAuth 2.0, Webfinger, hCard, Portable Contacts, XRI, XDI, PuSH, Salmonyes (status.net and Cliqset, among others)development
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KnoweeKnowee is a web address book that lets you integrate distributed social graph fragments.OpenID Signup
Activity Stream import and export
Contact import from Web 2.0 services via XFN and FOAF
Automatically updated address book from remote data sources
Consolidated profile with RDF/FOAF export
Personal SPARQL API
http://knowee.org/homePHPW3COpenID, FOAFalpha
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rstat.usrstat.us is a microblogging site built on top of the ostatus protocol.microblogginghttp://rstat.us/RubyMongoDB, SinatraWTFPLOstatusyesalpha
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Project NoriSocial Nori is a social web layer on top of the Nori Personal Data Server. It knows how to fetch data from the social web, sync your social graph, and store it in your PDS.http://www.projectnori.org/OStatus, OAuth, Portable Contacts, Webfinger, and other open protocolsyesearly alpha
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ThimblThimbl is a "free, open source, distributed micro-blogging platform. If you're tired of being locked in to one micro-blogging platform, or a single social network. Or you're weary of corporations hi-jacking your updates in the pursuit of money, then thimbl is for you."
microblogginghttp://www.thimbl.net/Finger, SSHplanned for futuredevelopment
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WeestitWeestit is a "Decentralised Net Identity Platform".http://www.weestit.com/XMPP
HTTP
Ostatus
SMTP
POP
yesyesplannedalpha planned Nov.20 2010
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CouchAppSporaThis project is an implementation of the Diaspora protocol as a CouchApp built entirely on CouchDB.http://github.com/maxogden/couchappsporaCouchDBOstatusplanned?
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DyskinesiaDyskinesia is a new open source PSYC client which is being written in C++ and Qt's WebKit, which means the GUI employs Javascript, CSS and HTML. http://about.psyc.eu/DyskinesiaQtvery beta'
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fordropSocial tool for collaborative computer forensic analysisfederation and decentralization throgh XMPP and activitystrea.mshttp://fordrop.org
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GNU Social P2Pa distributed, privacy enhanced, user-controlled social networkhttp://libreplanet.org/wiki/Group:GNU_Social_P2P
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HelloWorldHelloWorld is an open source project that aims at the development of a protocol that allows users to build distributed and secure social networks in the internet.http://www.helloworld-network.org/cms/en/introduction/
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HigginsHiggins is an open source Internet identity framework designed to integrate identity, profile, and social relationship information across multiple sites, applications, and devices.Browser-integrated client, user-centric identity selector apps for creating, selecting, sharing and managing various i-cards that represent our identity in different contextshttp://www.eclipse.org/higgins/1.1/Planned
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Mr. Privacyan open federated social networking platform based on emailhttp://mobisocial.stanford.edu/index.php#mrprivacySMTP
IMAP
yesnoyes
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NoseRubhttp://noserub.com/no longer actively developed
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PeerSoN ?
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PontariusPontarius 0.1 will be a free, distributed and privacy-aware media server. Later versions will add social networking features.http://www.pontarius.org/
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psycionpsycion is the most elaborate PSYC client to date. It is aimed at unix console users and comes with a very fancy curses-based multi-screen interface. The code is modular so it is easy to add a GUI. psycion is being distributed with perlpsyc.
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psyconautpsyconaut is the first .net client for PSYC.http://about.psyc.eu/Psyconaut
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psycTiVEFlash PSYC Client, usable with Flex or Adobe Flash. http://about.psyc.eu/Psyctive
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PsycZillaa new Open Source Communications Framework and Client which is being written in JavaScript.http://about.psyc.eu/PsycZilla
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Really Simple Social Networking, or RSSN, is a concept for an open-source distributed social networking protocol. Unlike existing social networks, RSSN is not controlled by any company, and your data remains on your servers where you control your privacy settings as you see fit. private messaging
groups
http://rssn.hedgie.com/index.phpRSSNconcept
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SaikoundSaikound is a psyc 1.0 server written in D1 and Tango. The plan is to have an easy configurable and extendable psyc server with integrated help and reasonable default-fallbacks. http://about.psyc.eu/Saikound
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SMOBSMOB is a Semantic MicroBlogging framework that enables an open, distributed and semantic microblogging experience based on state-of-the-art Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies. Microblogginghttp://smob.me/FOAFnoproduction
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Social VPNa free and open-source P2P Social Virtual Private Network (VPN) that seamlessly networks your computer with the computers of your friendshttp://socialvpn.wordpress.com/
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Social-IgniterA really simple social web application. Modular in design.Modules that are hooked into the social streamhttp://social-igniter.comPHP/CodeIgniter, jQuery
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Socknet Provider- FoolishMortal.orgThis software is an implementation of a Socknet Profile Provider, the kind of website that contains and maintains users' profiles on the Socknet. This is the code used at http://foolishmortal.org. profiles, messaging, enables internet content sharinghttp://socknet.net/w/The_SocknetSocknet, OpenIDnoyesBeta
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UCentric ?
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xodximplements a distributed semantic social network architecture based on SemanticPingback and Pubsubhubbubprofiles, messaging, friendinghttps://github.com/white-gecko/xodx
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