These are some Frequently Asked Questions about this site, with some answers.

What is Kick Off the Covers.com?

Kick Off the Covers is a place to heal, comfort, console, empathize, nurture-or be nurtured. Participate-or just Listen-as your mood & needs dictate. May it become a place to go in the middle of the night when you Kick Off The Covers & no one is around to share. As I start, these are my Hopes. -9/3/11-

More About Kick Off The Covers and what we were thinking when we created this microblog here

How is Kick Off the Covers different from Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Plurk, others?

Kick Off the Covers is an Open Network Service. Our main goal is to provide a fair and transparent service that preserves users' autonomy. In particular, all the software used for Kick Off the Covers is Free Software, and all the data is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, making it Open Data.

The software also implements the OpenMicroBlogging protocol, meaning that you can have friends on other microblogging services that can receive your notices.

The goal here is autonomy -- you deserve the right to manage your own on-line presence. If you don't like how Kick Off the Covers works, you can take your data and the source code and set up your own server (or move your account to another one).

Where is feature X?

The software we run, StatusNet, is still in its early stages, and many features people expect from microblogging sites are not yet implemented. Some important ones that are expected "soon":

  • More AJAX-y interface
  • Maps
  • Cross-post to Pownce, Jaiku, etc.
  • Pull messages from Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku, etc.
  • Facebook integration
  • Image, video, audio notices

There is a list of bugs and features that you may find interesting. New ideas or complaints are very welcome.