Facebook rival Diaspora to launch 15th September

Tue 31st of August 2010, filed under Social Media

Open source social network nearing release

Considering the controversy surrounding Faceboo?s privacy settings, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with an alternative. Diaspora claims to be just that: an intuitive, private, and very personal social networking site.

Diaspora is the pet project of four New Yorkers who graduated this summer, founded on the principle that "peopl?s privacy and personal control is in jeopardy more than ever online". Their dream was rewarded by $200,000 (£130,000) of donations which poured in from the public in just twelve days, including a contribution from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Like its rival, Diaspora will be compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux, and will enable the user to publish status updates, photos, and more. On the other hand, a Diaspora "seed" will be an aggregate of all the use?s online profiles, which can be managed, shared and?friende? safely using end-to-end GPG encryption.

An added attraction for tech wizards and social media marketing teams is that Diaspora is open source, but as TechCrunch blogger MG Siegler commented:

"It sounds great to a group of a few thousand developers and uber-nerds. If Diaspora really wants to get any traction, the?re going to need a killer front-end that gives people an actual reason to use it instead of Facebook."

Now nearing completion, Diaspora will be open-sourced on September 15th. However, the average Internet user will have to wait until October for the consumer-facing alpha to launch, and it could be much longer before Diaspora is complete and popular enough to rival Facebook and its 500 million users.

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