Anti-Facebook: Can Diaspora Social Network Challenge?

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How often do we see on the Internet Anti-Facebook? More often than I can remember, sometimes it is about a group whose main aim is to turn people away from the social networking site, and other times it refers to a new social media service set to rival the giant. The latest challenger is Diaspora, but what makes this open source social network so different?

First-things-first, we can tell you that Diaspora (pronounced die-as-poe-ra) will launch on September 15, so not long to wait to see how it will look. That’s right, none of us even know what the new service will look like, but things are taking shape – as you will be able to see when you visit the website.

According to Ian Paul from PC World, the team developing Diaspora said that the promising social networking software is already working and that early results were looking good.

Diaspora has a huge weight on its shoulders, not only is the service expected to be an alternative to Facebook, but also Twitter and other such services. Do not expect this to happen overnight – if it ever does. Diaspora will most likely start with basic features and will evolve over time, but they cannot afford to take too long, as we know how fast things move in social networking.

For full details of expected features and more visit PC World.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ucentric Richard Lauren

    Diaspora will not dent Facebook at all and I predict will be a huge disappointment. Other than claiming to be an "open and privacy aware" they don't really have a lot to offer as a Facebook alternative.

    Despite their claims about being an open platform, they are using a proprietary naming system which is sort-of defeating the whole purpose as someone at Diaspora will own and control your online name. What they need is a simple internet personal information sharing system that is based up a URL that no one controls and you can own and it is NOT OpenID which is anything but open.

    That said, one cannot help admiring them for having the chutzpah to sell this idea to the public and effectively pocket $200,000 for 3 months work. Not bad for 4 college students on a break is it?

    ucentric.org

  • Alex Ameriana

    Diaspora is created a buzz without a real cause and the idea would not work, i think the best alternative we have is from the Canadians founders, KitWit

  • rubel

    very nice

  • rubel

    excellent

  • macgirvin

    It isn't clear that Diaspora will get security and privacy right – and this is a huge problem when there isn't a central security team to help keep you safe. Their claims that they know how to do this stuff seem a bit over the top as they've never been involved in a project demanding secure distributed computing and granular privacy controls and global reach. I can only find a small reference to one of them being an intern (not even a full developer) at a small social web startup. Not to say the team isn't capable, but security is a big problem and requires transparency and academic discussion – as sometimes the experts don't even see the holes until it is too late. Every large social net has been successfully brought down by attackers. Now what if you were the person who had to make it work again? Could you?

    If you think these things (security and privacy) are important, visit dfrn.org. We live, eat and breathe computer security, and have got published specs, and an open source distributed social server you can install and use today.

    But we're not trying to challenge anybody – we just want distributed social to work securely and safely and not become the mother of all spam networks.

  • durjoy ghosh

    Waiting eagerly for 15th sept. to register in Diaspora but I think it is a media hype that it's alternative of facebook. I'm quite happy with facebook & shall always be with it.
    "challenge to facebook" is style of publicity.

    • Bella

      Facebook Suck lol

  • profileaid

    Current system: Facebook (MZ) provides "free" service, 500,000,000 people use the service, MZ mines data/profiles from 500,000,000 people, MZ sells profiles to advertisers for $Billions. Advertisers expose 500,000,000 people to unwanted messages. I know that people can be gullible and sheep-like but surely at some point there will be a revolution.
    People will collaborate, demand the services that they want, the privacy they want, accept advertising messages on their terms and decide the allocation of their own advertising revenues (either back to themselves or to their favourite causes)

  • enveri

    very nice idea diaspora, you are very nice diaspora !

  • Chris Woodward

    An open source community driven project cannot possibly compete with the existing network monopoly that is Facebook in order to develop the scale and power of software and architecture needed. Equally users have absolutely no reason to switch to another corporate overlord when Facebook does a great job of providing a free service.

    The only alternative that stands a chance is one run as a business, employing the best full time staff, investing in the same advertising, business partnerships and hardware as Facebook, but with any profits going to charities chosen by the users so they are motivated to spread the word. This means users privacy can be balanced with money raised for charity and users have an incentive to open up more if they choose to.

    Initial investors (Dragons Den?) could be promised a capped, say 300% ROI and a place on the board of trustees that are trusted to maximise profits for charity, not shareholders, while listening to the users. I'm sure there are plenty of people who would do some pro-bono work to help from developers to lawyers to ego driven businessmen to celebrities.

    If Lady Gaga and co can go without social networking for a day in the name of one charity I'm sure they could be brought on board if they stand to help charities long term.

    This is one internet business where people hold the ultimate power. Somebody just needs to get it going. I've not got the time and skills to do it but I'd happily join and promote it if someone gets it going.

    Diaspora might even make a good starting point but it will need a heck of a lot more people behind it who aren't just in it for themselves.

  • Chris Woodward

    An open source community driven project cannot possibly compete with the existing network monopoly that is Facebook in order to develop the scale and power of software and architecture needed. Equally users have absolutely no reason to switch to another corporate overlord when Facebook does a great job of providing a free service.

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