Facebook Alternative Coming Soon?

Published: August 30th 2010
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Have you heard of “Diaspora”? No? Well that's the name of a new social network that soon enough we might all be forced to pay attention to.


The new service is launching on September 15th and is going to take a shot at Facebook in an attempt to becoming a more-than-decent alternative to the popular social site, according to the developers of the project.


In a time when Facebook is dealing with privacy issues – everywhere you look, another web blog is dishing out criticism at Facebook – a new social networking service is seeking to capitalize on Facebook's mischief in order to take a bite out of the market.


 Diaspora is an open-source project that describes itself as a "privacy-aware, personally-controlled" social network. The project already made headlines this year when Facebook was forced to change some of its privacy settings after they were criticised for being too complex.


The project was developed by four U.S. students and has already raised some $200,000. "We have Diaspora working, we like it, and it will be open-sourced on September 15th,” the developers wrote on their blog. The team said they had spent the summer "building clear, contextual sharing – that means an intuitive way for users to decide, and not notice deciding, what content goes to their co-workers and what goes to their drinking buddies. We know that's a hard [user interface] problem and we take it seriously".


Diaspora was started by three computer scientists and one mathematician from New York who got the idea from the aforementioned intense criticism of Facebook, the world's largest social network.


"We want to put users back in control of what they share," said Max Salzberg, one of the four founders. The team then turned to the fundraising site Kickstarter in order to raise the $10,000 they thought was required to build the network. Eventually, they raised $200,642 from nearly 6,500 people.


It is even rumoured that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has donated to the project. Well, that is not so hard to believe – Zuckerberg can actually do so, considering the fact that gimmicks-aside, it will be very difficult to challenge Facebook, which now has 500 million users and is currently estimated to be worth $33 billion.

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