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How to find people to follow in pump.io / new identi.ca

Right now pump.io (including identi.ca) does not have groups, tags or a public stream, yet, so you have to follow people to populate your stream. But how do you find people to follow in the first place ?

  • Other people’s followers /¬†following lists – when you look at a profile, switch to their followers / following tabs, then you can click on the links and follow those people, if their profile looks interesting. If you don’t know ANYONE, yet, you can start with Evan (400 followers) or Jpope (300 followings).
  • Firehose – there IS a public stream in pump.io, in form of a JSON feed under https://ofirehose.com/feed.json. JSON is not exactly the nicest format to read, but you can view the Firehose feed in some clients like Puma (Android) or Pumpa (Desktop / QT).
  • Bashscriptville – Jpope created some interesting bots, ranging from XKCD to Shakespeare, view his blog post for details.
  • X11R5 is another interesting bot to follow. He’s an artificial intelligence that learns from other posts, follow him on https://identi.ca/x11r5
  • Meanwhile – Once you follow some people, you can see when THEY follow new people in the meanwhile stream to the right, and you can follow them, too, if they’re interesting
  • Invite your friends – tell your friends (real life or other social networks) about pump.io, and invite them to follow your stream and to try out pump.io

My recommendation is, to follow at least 20-30 people, so your stream gets populated … like any social network, pump.io is only fun with friends, so don’t be shy, most of us don’t bite ūüėČ

PS: Check the comments for more great suggestions (and feel free to add a comment if you know another good way to find interesting people in pump.io)


How to build “Pumpa” QT-based pump.io client for Windows

Update: it’s a while since I did this myself, so if it doesn’t work please have a look at the comments, there are some hints how to fix upcoming issues. If you’re just a user, there’s also an (inofficial) installer for pumpa, check this post for details.

After successfully building and running the QT-based pump.io client Pumpa for the first time under Windows today, I thought I’d share a quick HOWTO, just in case you want to do the same …

  • Download and install Open SSL from
  • Download and install QT Creator
    Qt 5.1.0 for Windows 32-bit (MinGW 4.8, OpenGL)
  • Start QT Creator
  • Select File / New File or Project
  • Select Import Project
  • Select Git Repository Clone
  • Enter clone URL git://gitorious.org/pumpa/pumpa.git
  • Press Next
  • Press Finished
  • Press Configure Project
  • Save the project (Ctrl+S)
  • Now you can run the project (Ctrl+R), which will also trigger the build
  • After successful build, Pumpa should come up and do the usual authorization stuff

If you find errors or have additional info / improvements, feel free to add a comment.

PS: Here’s the list of DLLs I need to run the relase build “standalone” out of a folder (instead of starting from QT Creator):


Pump.io / Identi.ca: The next federated social network

The year is 2013 AD and all social networking is occupied by Facebook and Google. Only one small village of indomitable Gauls holds out against the invaders, still fighting to create an open, federated social network.

After Diaspora degenerated into a strange mix of Pinterest and Powerpoint (before being abandoned by its creators for the infamous Makr.io), there is a now a new attempt by Canadian developer Evan Prodromou, who also created Identi.ca and Status.net.


On July 10 Identi.ca finally migrated from Status.net to the new Pump.io software. Unlike its predecessor, Pump.io is not just a Twitter clone but a full fledged federated social network. Right now the feature set is pretty basic, there is support for formatted text notes and photo uploading, a games API (demonstrated by Open Farm Game) and an authorization system similar to the one Plus stole from Diaspora (with “lists” instead of circles, this time).

Tags and groups are still missing, same as web image or video embedding. But more important than features, Pump.io has a users. Three days after the Identi.ca conversion Pumplive shows over 28000 users on 52 different instances. That doesn’t sound much compared to compared to 800 million Facebook users, but it’s enough for a lively conversation.

To encourage federation, Identi.ca does not accept new registrations, but you can join the fun on a number of other public instances available under the pump.io try it link (there’s a number of instances, so if you don’t like the URL just “try it” again).¬† Without groups and tags you need to follow people to get posts – good starting points for finding people are Evan’s follower list or Jpope’s directory of users know to his own Pump instance.

Old status.net clients like Mustard are not working anymore, but a number of clients is already in development, including Like / Hate “buttons” for the web and two pretty good Android apps called Puma and Impeller.

While not yet a replacement for Facebook or even Tumblr, Pump.io is definitely one of the more promising approaches to open and federated social networking. Check it out and follow me on https://fmrl.me/axel (https://identi.ca/axel668 is now inactive).