StatusNet 0.9.0 is released and is available for immediate download from the status.net site.
This release includes the following new features and we invite the developer community to please try it and report back :
- Support for the new distributed status update standard OStatus, based on PubSubHubbub, Salmon, Webfinger, and Activity Streams.
- Support for location using the Geolocation API. Notices are (optionally) marked with lat-long information with geo microformats, and can be shown on a map.
- No fixed content size. Notice size is configurable, from 1 to unlimited number of characters. Default is still 140!
- An authorization framework, allowing different levels of users.
- A Web-based administration panel.
- A moderation system that lets site moderators sandbox, silence, or delete uncooperative users.
- A flag system that lets users flag profiles for moderator review.
- Support for OAuth authentication in the Twitter API.
- User roles system that lets the owner of the site to assign administrator and moderator roles to other users.
- A pluggable authentication system.
Also, the OStatus process is underway!
OStatus lets people on different social networks follow each other. It’s transparent to your friends, colleagues and family which software or service you use. They can get your status updates on their own sites and reply, like, or re-post your updates.
OStatus isn’t a new protocol; it applies some great protocols in a natural and reasonable way to make distributed social networking possible.
The OStatus spec is a first step in this direction. We’re eager to work with other implementers to make it better, to smooth the rough edges, and to improve the overall experience.
Everyone interested is invited to join the ostatus-discuss mailing list to get this discussion moving.
Thanks to everyone who’s made these protocols work so well together. We hope that OStatus can bring these efforts one more step forward.