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I'm searching for something that works like Twitter but for a closed group of users. I also want a SaaS offering, nt some software (e.g. status.net) which we have to install ourselfs.

I'm aware of

  • present.ly - but they seem not to support any "payed" accounts (you get what you pay for)
  • yammer.com - seem to have questionable business ethics regarding data ownership etc.

I thought there would be hundreds of other similar services but so far i found nothing. Any Suggestions/Experiences?

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I've been searching for this for a couple of days, and found status.net the best solution so far. You mentioned it in your question, have you checked their hosted solutions?

E.G. http://mozilla.status.net/

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Status.net does seem to provide a hosted service.

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Thanks for the Pointer! Last Time I checked they didn't. – mdorseif Oct 24 '10 at 16:24

I would suggest you use a P2 Theme in wordpress Neat and elegant

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That may actually be the simplest solution, if not the absolute most secure. – digitxp Oct 24 '10 at 17:15

SocialCast is another solution that has a free tier as well as paid hosted, and paid behind the firewall version. I've tried the free versions of SocialCast and Yammer. I preferred Yammer, but not for any real good reason, just personal preference.

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