So-Called Facebook Alternative Diaspora Gets a Launch Date

Diaspora to be Open Sourced September 15

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You may recall that earlier this year, Facebook took a lot of heat over user privacy. While some may still not be satisfied, the company did release simplified privacy settings in response. Around that time, however, a project called Diaspora started generating a lot of hype as a potential, open alternative to Facebook as a social network.

Considering how early in the development process the Diaspora crew were, and how little was actually known about how it would work, it managed to create a lot of buzz and a significant amount of donations from people eager for an alternative.

The Diaspora guys have now posted an update, saying that it will be open sourced on September 15, and claiming that is working, and  that they like it.

Diaspora: Personally Controlled, Do-It-All, Distributed Open-Source Social Network from daniel grippi on Vimeo.

"We are spending a good chunk of time concentrating on building clear, contextual sharing," the team says. "That means an intuitive way for users to decide, and not notice deciding, what content goes to their coworkers and what goes to their drinking buddies. We know that’s a hard UI problem and we take it seriously."

Interestingly enough, Google released a similar functionality on its Orkut social network this past week leaving some to wonder if Google would undertake a similar strategy for its broader social network plans.

"We aren’t going to stop working after we release," the team says. They say they will continue to develop and maintain Diaspora as a long term project. "We have shifted our development timeline accordingly, and the first release will be the beginning of something great, not a finished summer project."

Are you looking forward to the release? Let us know.

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  • maria wathan

    it is just nice to know tat there are vigilant pipol like this 4 college students who did this,,,,, i have 2 small children and wil do everythng to protect them, thank you. i hope this would be sucessful

  • http://www.21st-apothecary.com Andrea

    Facebook is a pain in the ass! And I can’t deactivate my account, even after 27 tries!!!!! You can’t “customize” the privacy settings and I can’t seem to get my Fan page going like I did the first time, which was last year. I hope Diaspora isn’t just for social, but business as well. That would be terrific!

    • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

      There is a very simple way to get “them” to deactivate any account which even works with AOL! (will not work if you are in paid term contract, you still have to pay full amount as agreed but ok if term has lapsed or free sign up)
      Just write to them to say that “you no longer agree with their terms and conditions of service and will not abide by them” If the account is left open after that it could cause loads of legal problems for the company as there would be no contract apart from common law between you & them.you could insist on the law of some obscure country if there was a dispute or if you were in UK & them in USA
      they will drop you like hot cake if have any sense & quicker if legal department t gets to know!

  • http://www.taichigala.com Loretta

    Hey – you never know! Look at what Facebook did to Myspace. I guess I’ll have to re-post all my photos to Diaspora from TaiChiGala.com. Hope that the security on Diaspora is all that it’s cracked up to be!

  • http://www.seosoutheastasia.com Tom Aikins

    Let’s just hope that if this site does launch that they will have some sense of customer service, something that Facebook could care less about.

  • Guest

    I dont have facebook because my mum and dad dont think that it is safe enough.
    I think its sad that people go on stuff like this just to lure young kids away from the safety of there homes or local areas.

    This Diaspora sounds good and safe and im looking forward to it.


  • Alex

    Just watched the hour video on youtube titled “Introduction to diaspora” where they present their idea to the Internet Society’s New York Chapter on youtube. I must say I am impressed but I highly doubt this site will go anywhere at all. There doing a great job trying to get the name out there and they have a great concept, but the problem is 90% of internet users are attracted to “SIMPLE” sites. I mean look at all the huge sites these days, they are all retardedly simple and the problem is this Diaspora is just a little to complicated for the average person, which is why it will fail. I mean take Linux for example, it was a genius platform but it just didn’t take off because most users didn’t understand why it was better. You have to assume everyone using the site has an IQ of 30, otherwise, odds are against your site.

  • http://www.absolutewebworks.com jessemart

    Open source projects can really benefit the world. Can this be as big as OpenOffice.org or WordPress.org? I hope so.

  • Guest

    These kids are amazingly inarticulate. They talk about the product in the future tense & they clearly have no idea what they are doing. terrible.

  • Dave

    I don’t know what it is, but everytime I use facebook, I get frustrated with its interface. I just find it so annoying to the point of to stop using just so I don’t have to try and figure out how to do things.

    This is coming from someone who has been developing websites for the past 10 years, so I hope I know what I am talking about. There is definitely a place in the market for a competitor to Facebook. I still cannot understand what the attraction is or how businesses are actually benefitting from having a facebook page. I’m pretty sure it is being over hyped by marketing agencies.

  • http://www.fixpcfreeze.com Mathews

    I don’t know why people need an alternative to FaceBook. If you remember Facebook was developed and accepted by people as an alternative to email. Now if you don’t want to be on Facebook go back to the good old robust email which is like an audio tape or a floppy which still continues to stay around in some parts of the world or other, irrespective of what ever innovation comes up and whether people use it or not. And how many types of Facebook do we need. When more such services come up then we have a situation like so many choices email gives us.

    And then some day all the Facebooks, twitter, Diaspora etc etc etc will all be gone an there will be a new thing that will evolve for the new generation who will grow up not knowing what email was, what facebook was, and what diaspora was to their parents.

    Change is the name of the game.

  • http://firstcoastdesigns.com Nancy

    I have lots of clients on Facebook, some love it, some can’t stand it, and some really don’t even use it, they just set it up for links back to their website or blog site, etc.

    So I’m anxious to see what Diaspora really does and how it’s so different than Facebook.

    Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Former Facebook User

    Facebook has absolutely no customer service. It shuts down peoples’ accounts arbitrarily, without warning. It doesn’t respond to surprised people begging for their accounts back, pleading for some kind of explanation. The web is full of people asking why, why, why, did Facebook shut down my account, can I get it back, how? Who do I email, who do I phone? Can I talk to someone who will tell me why my account was shut down? When you try to research why your account was disabled, all you find are vague sentences such as: “You may have posted material that may have offended some of our users, some of whom may be children”. Or, “you may have added too many friends too quickly”, but nowhere does it tell you how many friends you can add, in what period of time. Most people are not even aware that a social networking site which is constantly encouraging you to add more friends, will actually disable your account for doing so. It does nothing to prevent spam from being posted on your pages, but may disable your account for reporting such spam to them. It disables you if you are reported by others, even if you have done nothing wrong, and are being attacked. Facebook does no research to determine whether such reports are being done for valid reasons. It may disable your account for doing absolutely nothing at all, you may have not even been logged on for months. Nobody at the company, if they even respond to your pleas, will ever give you a detailed answer as to why you were disabled. They often don’t even give you a vague answer. It is up to you to guess why, and hope that after opening a new account you don’t accidentally do whatever it was that you apparently did, again, or have it done to you again.

    There are thousands upon thousands of groups with no administrator, and facebook does not provide a way to put a new administrator in place. They have also made it nearly impossible to close down a page or group after it has served its purpose, or you no longer wish to adminstrate it.

    For those who actually want to shut down their account, Facebook makes it impossible. The only way to close your account is to break their rules on purpose – if you can find out exactly what they are. Good luck.

    My point is, Facebook is a terrible company. It showed great promise but is not up to the task of dealing with so many clients. I hope Diaspora works and if it does, I sincerely hope it provides clear rules and regulations in its FAQ, and doesn’t allow innocent users to be sabotaged by others. I hope Diaspora can treat its users with more respect than Facebook.

  • http://www.abuzzling.com Guest

    There are so many facebook and myspace alternatives out there already, like friendster. There was a new social networking site launched just last month called abuzzling.com, which has all the features of facebook and myspace without the annoying pop-up ads or games. Yet all the attention is on Diaspora. What is the deal with all the attention on diaspora, a site that has been in production for what seems like forever when you have plenty of alternatives already out there.

  • http://bookmarkdelta.com/story.php?title=ipad-2-add-ons-developed-for-ease-and-comfort-and-longevity ipad 3 release date

    I do consider all the concepts you’ve presented in your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very brief for beginners. May just you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

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