Facebook Alternative, Diaspora, To Launch September 15

Diaspora (in Greek, διασπορά – “a scattering [of seeds]“) is any movement of a population sharing common national and/or ethnic identity. The new Facebook? Via Wired:

Diaspora, a nascent open competitor to Facebook that raised $200,000 from online contributors (including, ahem, the top dog at Facebook) will launch its much-anticipated service Sept. 15, the company said in a blog post Thursday.

The project aims to create a social network that puts users in charge of their own data — or as Diaspora puts it, a “privacy-aware, personally controlled, do-it-all open source social network.”

Diaspora was started by four New York University students earlier this year after hearing a talk from Free Software guru Eban Moglen, who said Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg had done more harm to the world than anyone his age ever had.

Diaspora’s idea of taking on the social network giant gained momentum and wide publicity in the spring, following yet another controversial Facebook attempt to make users share more information publicly.

Continues at Wired

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  • Vox Cloaca

    “Diaspora was started by four New York University students earlier this year after hearing a talk from Free Software guru Eban Moglen, who said Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg had done more harm to the world than anyone his age ever had.”

    Holy overstatement, Batman!

    Zuckerman started Facebook as a TOTALLY VOLUNTARY concept. No one's been forced to join Facebook. No one's been forced to post personal information online.

    And I think the people conquered by, say, Alexander the Great (who took the throne of Macedon at age 20 and shortly thereafter controlled much of the known world), or tortured by Caligula (who took the Roman throne when he was about 25) might disagree with the idea that Zuckerman's done more damage than anyone his age in the history of the freaking world.

    • Haystack

      “And I think the people conquered by, say, Alexander the Great (who took the throne of Macedon at age 20 and shortly thereafter controlled much of the known world), or tortured by Caligula (who took the Roman throne when he was about 25) might disagree with the idea that Zuckerman's done more damage than anyone his age in the history of the freaking world.”

      I don't know…the Facebook movie does look pretty bad. *g*

  • Gemmarama

    woo! just what we need. yet another way of not-really-communicating with each other.

  • Gemmarama

    woo! just what we need. yet another way of not-really-communicating with each other.