Everyone these days wants to start their own social networking site, after looking at the huge success of Facebook and also the movie ‘The Social Network’. Social networking is the ‘thing’ these days, and Facebook is the tool, people have forgotten Friendster that started it all, and other networking sites such as Myspace, Hi5, Orkut etc. But, Facebook has always been hit by the ‘ Privacy Issues’ since its launch and are still being questioned by authorities. So, keeping privacy as first priority, four students from NYU(Dan Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Raphael Sofaer, and Ilya Zhitomirskiy) came up with the idea for an open-source, privacy aware and personally controlled social network site called Diaspora. The project made headlines and was instantly a topic for geeky conversations everywhere.
The website is still in its alpha stage, and only works in an invite only basis. The project got instant fame thanks to Kickstarter, which was used as the funding source for the project. The guys at NYU had set a goal of raising $10,000 for the success of the project, but instead raised is excess of $200,000. The site would be available for use sometime before summer, well that’s what the developers say. Diaspora works in a very different way, keeping in mind the privacy of its user. One can setup their own server on their computer, known as a ‘node’ and won’t have to worry about any privacy issues. For more information on the project and previews of how it looks, please visit Joindiaspora. It’s surprising to see that no one has written anything about this, while it’s making so much buzz all around the world. Also visit Gizmodo for more screenshots of the Social networking interface.
Do you think Diaspora can get as good as or better than Facebook and have more than 500million users?
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