Building Your Own Twitter-like Micro Blog System with PHP and MySQL

Talking about micro-blogging system , the first Candidate rush in your sight must be Twitter ! Just as we know , Twitter is not Open source to public . So there is no possible for us to building Micro blog system with Twitter ‘s Code .

However , there is no impossible in Open Source World ! And also thanks to those Open Source Workers , We have materials to learn .

While , these days , I was busy finding a reliable AD Sponsors so that I can keep maintaining my Blog – aeBeta . And also , I am building a website for my Dormitory ( We are going to graduate ! ) .

So I think a Micro Blog is a good choice for me to communicate rather than the traditional Blogging system . Although I was still testing my Web Host . But I should also find out a solution for the microblog program itself .

Today , I’d like to list some alter choices of Twitter for you to make you build your own Twitter System , with Your own Domain , of course!



StatusNet, I think it the most powerful microBlog system I have ever met ! I say that because there are dozens of plug-ins for StatusNet . And what’s more , StatusNet’s plug-in architecture provides a feature-rich platform with functionality that you control. Flexible and customizable, StatusNet delivers a micro messaging solution that helps you maintain brand identity and a unique user experience.

And also , StatusNet offers two product options: a hosted version and a software download. The hosted service enables organizations to get up and running quickly on our secure servers, while the software download version provides the maximum in control and customization.

To download it ,click Here:


Chyrp is quite a light weight blogging system (518K). Of course, its function is much poor than the others . but if you’d like a slim one . I think it worth having a look .

3.Typepad Motion

This Open Source Application which comes from Typepad , a famous Blog Provider ,enables publishers and marketers to create vibrant, branded communities that deepen loyalty and increase page views while giving you total control of your brand.
If you already use social media, like Twitter and Facebook, to engage with your customers and fans – but did you know that you could bring the conversation home to your site? 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.
You can build your own TypePad Motion site with our free, open source tools, or let our professional services team do it for you.
The application is completely customizable and you can use as much, or as little, of the templates and code provided.
• Create Your Own Social Network
• Build and Control YOUR Brand
• Display All Your Social Activity in One Place
• Increase Traffic and Revenue


Twoorl is an open source Twitter clone written in Erlang using the ErlyWeb framework. But it seems that Twoorl has not been updated any more , so I do not recommend you to have a Try . But if you just wanna it , Go here to Get its source code


Jaiku is based on Python . In 2007 , Google has acquired it , but due to some reasons , Google decided to give up maintaining the code in 2009. Now Jaiku has been Open Source One ! And You can get its code here: Jaiku ,via SVN (such as Subversion).


Sweetter , as it sounds , is a quite Twitter-like program . You can have a simple Poll on it and it is written with Python . You can access its Source Code here :


Jisko is written by a programmer from Spanish and integrated with AJAX .Jisko is also based on PHP + MySQL.You can get its Codes from with SVN .

There are also some ones I find it but not have a review , have a look with Yourself

Some Premium Products (NON-FREE) are listed here :
Revou has not been free and open source any more ~ But if you’d like to have a try , you can still by from its official site:

Note: Please feel free comment here if you know any other open source micro blogging service/tool . Your Comments will always be appreciated!

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