For those people who have had enough of Facebook, here’s something you might be interested in. On the 15th September, Diaspora – an alternative to Facebook, which has an emphasis on security – becomes open-source and will launch to the public. We think this could be huge.
What is Diaspora?
To give you a brief history, Diaspora is a Kickstarter project, which has been developed by a Mathematician and three Computer Science students from New York University in America. They created a profile on Kickstarter in order to launch their fund-raising campaign, hoping that they could get $10,000 together, which they’d use to develop the system over the summer.
Word soon got around the web community and on 1st June, the group had raised the initial amount and has since gone on to receive over $200,000 – which is quite an achievement and shows how many people would like to see someone or something challenge Facebook’s dominance.
So what's different about Diaspora?
Diaspora is marketing itself as, ‘the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network’, which will certainly appeal to a great number of people. It’s also managed differently than Facebook. Rather than logging into a web network, you’ll need to download the software and it’ll be upto you where you, and how you, host it.
The Diaspora team has released a few images of the interface they’ve developed prior to the software being launched, and whilst it looks great, we just can’t wait to get our hands on it to find out what it’s all about!