An open source social networking side Diaspora (an alternative to Facebook) will go live on September 15th.
To learn more visit joindiaspora.com
Diaspora – history and plans
The group Diaspora was inspired to create Diaspora by a February 5, 2010 speech by Columbia University law professor Eben Moglen to the Internet Society’s New York Chapter, “Freedom in the Cloud”, in which Moglen described centralized social networks as “spying for free.”The project Diaspora was announced on April 24, 2010 on Kickstarter and reached its initial $10,000 fundraising goal in 12 days. In the weeks that followed, it raised $200,641.84 from 6479 backers, making it the most successful Kickstarter project to date. One of the contributors was Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive officer of Facebook, who called it a “cool idea.” It is currently under development by Dan Grippi, Max Salzberg, Raphael Sofaer, and Ilya Zhitomirskiy, and has a first release planned for September 15, 2010. After its foundation is completed, Diaspora’s developers intend to concentrate on creating a “battery of add-on modules” in order to “facilitate any type of communication”, and plan to offer a paid hosting service for Diaspora seeds.