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Facebook Competitor Diaspora Launches Developer Release
“This is now a community project and development is open to anyone with the technical expertise who shares the vision of a social network that puts users in control,” the Diaspora team wrote in a blog post.
The company will now be “improving and solidifying” Diaspora – with the help of the community, they said.
Despite the open-source label, Diaspora said its goal is to create an “intrinsically more private social network.”
“Even the most powerful, granular set of dropdowns and checkboxes will never give people control over where their content is going, let alone give them ownership of their digital self,” according to the blog post.
Site creators Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Raphael Sofaer, and Ilya Zhitomirskiy initially described Diaspora as a “distributed network, where totally separate computers connect to each other directly, will let us connect without surrendering our privacy.”
Those computers are known as “seeds,” which will be owned by the user – hosted by them directly or on a rented server. That seed will then aggregate information – from Facebook, Twitter, or any other social network.
The founders discussed a social network that will focus on contextual sharing. “We live our real lives in context, speaking from whatever aspect of ourselves that those around us know,” they wrote. “Getting the source into the hands of developers is our first experiment in making a simple and functional tool for contextual sharing.”
Diaspora posted a few screen shots of the service, which looks very similar to Facebook (above). At this point, you can share status updates and post photos in near real-time via something called “aspects.” You can also find people across the Internet regardless of your seed’s location.
Diaspora plans an alpha release for October, at which time they hope to include Facebook integration, data portability, and internalization.
“It is by no means bug free or feature complete, but it an important step for putting us, the users, in control,” they concluded.