Candrews echoed many of those on Identi.ca around the frame of freedom, saying:
- "I'm here for the Freedom. I want my data to be mine, to be able to leave when I chose, hack as I wish, and share all I want."
Csarven wrote, similarly:
- "Universality of the Web. For the collective good, information should be accessible to all."
- "Initially, I focused on Identi.ca because I've been an Open Source Software programmer for nearly 15 years. I appreciate the possibilities of an open, federated system- specifically when it comes to extending that system to work natively with other applications. For those applications to use Twitter, they would have to work around the closed nature of the system."
You can see that message echoed through the dozens of responses I received:
- "I use #identica because I believe in the cause. Open trumps walled gardens every time."
- "I use Identi.ca mostly because I believe in the promise of a distributed, open source microblogging service and I want to see it."
- "like others, I use #identica because it uses open technologies, and it's open like good net technology always is."
As services start to cross-populate, more savvy users are even using Identica as a tool to reach people in a new way. Tibor Holoda of Slovakia wrote to say he planned to use it as his "native language (non-english) channel" that hooked into FriendFeed. As he wrote me, "It's easy for my english-speaking followers to just hide my identi.ca tweets and see everything else i'm posting," adding, "I'm trying to persuade and evangelize the use of microblogging in our country, as its not very common among folks in here yet (just a handful of geeks is using it as of now)."
Metta added, "In the long-term, as better bridges develop allowing more seamless cross-posting and aggregation, I really feel as though Identi.ca federation can excel, and am using the system as a fundamental building block to my next business endeavor's design both in anticipation and in support of that."
Twitter is winning the public microblogging battle because of its large installed base, and its built-up community that has largely forgiven them after months of trials. While the Identi.ca user community isn't the largest today, it is one that clearly believes in its underlying foundation of open source, friendliness with developers, and the hope that through open source and extensibility, that it can make inroads outside of the niche which is using it now, but possibly, be adopted in the enterprise. If you are a big fan of identi.ca, you can of course find me there, at http://identi.ca/louisgray.