StatusNet is a microblogging platform. A StatusNet site is a lightweight social network that helps a community, company, or group to exchange short messages, files, and data over the Web. Users can choose which people to "follow" and receive only their friends' or colleagues' status messages. It provides a service that is similar to Twitter, Yammer, SocialCast, or Salesforce.com Chatter.
StatusNet Desktop is a dedicated multi-platform client for connecting to StatusNet messaging servers (requires a server running 0.9.3 or later). The client can connect to multiple StatusNet sites to read and post updates, including secure and private installations. Home, public, individual, and group timelines can be read and posted to, as well as direct user-to-user messages and keyword searching of the public notice stream. Support for StatusNet-specific features such as user groups is explicitly included, where these are usually not supported by generic Twitter-API clients.