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What is This Diaspora Everyone’s Talking About?

Diaspora Team Talks Plans to Be Your Social Network

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There is already a lot of hype being generated for a social network that doesn’t even exist yet. I’m talking about Diaspora, which if you’ve been keeping up with the discussion around Facebook privacy and user unrest, you’ve probably heard name-dropped a few times.

Diaspora is a social networking "project", which has raised over $100,000 in donations so far. The project it the brain child of a few young guys who want to give users clear and open control over their social networking activities. They want to give users their own nodes.

Here is their explanation:

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

"We are 140-character ideas. We are the pictures of your cat. We are blog posts about the economy. We are the collective knowledge that is Wikipedia," the team says. "The internet is a canvas – of which, we paint broad and fine strokes of our lives with. It is a forward extension of our physical lives; a meta-self comprised of ones and zeros. We are all that is digital: If we weren’t, the internet wouldn’t either."

The guys claim to have a "rudimentary prototype" of Diaspora running on their own machines, which includes GPG encryption, scraping Twitter and Flickr, “awesome design aesthetic”, and the "initial stages of connection infrastructure." OpenID, VoIP, distributed encrypted backups, IM protocol, and UDP integration are some of the things in the plans.

Diaspora is genius! Large companies have all our social data, let’s trust some 19 year old east coast college kids to fix it! Oh wait…Fri May 14 06:24:42 via Tweetie

The team says that its goal is to get Diaspora in the hands of every man, woman, and child at summer’s end. If that’s their only goal, I’m afraid they’re setting themselves up for failure, but they do plan to release the first iteration of the project in September.

What do you think? Is Diaspora just the hype of the moment – a product of mass Facebook criticism, or will this become a household name? Hard to say without seeing a product. Share your thoughts.

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  • Guest

    they talk about how they’re going to scrape twitter/flickr/facebook… but as soon as they launch, fb will block them. and isn’t this just sounding like you still won’t host your own data, but that it’ll act as an interface to glue different platforms together?

    i’d like to see more info – like how they’re going to get non-techies to use it, and how they’ll optimise it.

  • http://www.minimrp.com Mike

    Everyone’s talking about it ? Sorry, I’ve never heard anyone talking about it.

    See what you’ve done ? Now I have to go and google it to see what I’m missing.

    No, on second thought, there’s the new kitchen tiles that need grouting. I’ve been putting that off for a while but I’m guessing that it’ll be more fun than Diasporea or whatever it’s called.

  • Juliet

    Awesome! I’m looking forward to it! I’ll spread the word.

  • dave

    I’m just looking for a register button but can’t find one. That’s OK I’m we’ll be able to join soon. As it stands with that many contributors and supporters it looks like Diaspora will be useful – we’ll just have to see I guess. I signed up for updates so once we can register they’ll let us know…

  • http://www.dcbeer.com miked

    Once upon a time before social networks, I have my own node. I could control all my data there and delete it whenever I wanted. It was a web log. We called it ‘blog’ for short. So novel.

  • http://www.sbdctampabay.com/ Tampa Consultant

    Good thing they are college kids, since $100,000 may actually sustain them for a few months… if they had to hire a “real” full time programmer, that money would be gone in no time.

  • Guest

    That presentation had to be a joke. Right? Who would ever take that seriously?

  • Guest

    Facebook is hype. Its a un-glorified pogo.com.

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  • Weezie

    How about starting with a name that most people can pronounce AND remember!

  • Colyn

    These guys can’t be serious! I mean, the idea behind it is great and besides all their hype, the tip off for me from these hucksters is that they’re developing it with Ruby on Rails (or some other Ruby framework); most developers aren’t familiar with enough with it to want to download it and run it on their servers. This is a joke.

  • Colyn

    Oh, and one more thing…. I read that Mark Zuckerberg has also donated to the project. Something just doesn’t seem right with this whole story.

  • http://www.rewardsadviser.com Guest

    I remember this company but liked it better when it was wuphf.com

  • http://mycomicnetwork.com/v2/ P. Keller

    and it’s December 23rd, I just checked the Website and got a

    “Thanks! We are slowly rolling out invites, and we will send you another email with an invite for an account as soon as we are ready.”

    way to stick to the grand opening deadline diaspora. can’t wait to see the new let-down-announcement