Not too long ago, there were four geeks who wanted to make something new and different. Their plan was to create another social networking website that would not have any privacy issues as Facebook and be open to everyone. However, it did not take long for them to realize that such a social network would take a really long time to test and build. The project called Diaspora: The Open-Source Social Network was started back in 2010 with the help of funding from Kickstarter. It was supposed to be delivered later same year, but due to obvious reasons regarding privacy and sharing, it was delayed. It is finally completed now and can be signed up with an invitation, which we could provide to anyone who wants to try this new social network out.
We were invited to check out Diaspora since we signed up for invitations months back. If you did the same then you may have received your invitations too. Anyhow, here’s my first impression on this new social network and why I believe Google may have stolen some ideas from them or vice versa. At first, when you sign up for a new account, the procedure is fairly simple. Email, Name, Age, Password are the only things that you’ll need to sign up. At the moment, you’ll require an invitation to sign up for the account and once done, this is what the Login Page will look like.
After you Login, you’ll be treated with a page wherein you’ll be asked to fill in your details, create a profile, add and invite friends and connect with other Social networks. This page looks strikingly similar to Google + and that’s when it hit me that Google may have stolen some ideas from these guys. Why? Because Diaspora was happening since early 2010 and as it was open source, people could check out everything and comment. So could Google. That’s just my speculation. Anyways check out some of the screenshots of Diaspora below.
As I said, it’s pretty similar to Google + and also a little to Facebook. The setting up of the account is very easy, as there aren’t much Privacy settings at the moment. That’s because this is supposed to be a very privacy aware social network. You can see the top navigation bar with the basic Home, Contacts, Notifications and Messages buttons and the Settings button. Searching friends or interests can also be done using this bar. Once your profile is setup, this is what it will look like.
Your basic details such as Bio, Birthday and others will be shown along with your picture on the left hand side of the page. The rest is where you’ll see all your status updates and the things you share with friends, like, comment on etc. Again, pretty similar to both Google+ and Facebook. Below is how you’re Home page will look like, with information updated in real-time from friends in your Aspects and the interests that you follow.
Your friend groups are known as Aspects and your daily updates are known as Stream. Again, something that Google + has, Circles and Stream. Sharing things are pretty basic too. You can update your status, add a new photo and share them with all your Aspects or just some of them.
To upload photos, you can directly use the camera icon on the Status Update box. That’s pretty much everything about the new Social network Diaspora. There isn’t anything new or different with it right now, but we hope it will be. I liked it right away, as it’s smooth, clean and empty.
What do you think of Diaspora? Too many Social Networks? Anyone going to use this?
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