Diaspora vs. Facebook : Public release of source code to developers

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The public release of Diaspora’s source code to developers has been announced today. Diaspora is seen as an alternative to social networking site Facebook.

It differs to Facebook as all your information such as photos and status updates are stored on your ‘seed’, which is a personal web server and can be shared with your friends. In addition to this developers behind the new project want to try and provide a hosted service. This will be in a similar style to the WordPress.com blogging platform.

According to a blog entry by a developer Diaspora is “now a community project and development is open to anyone with the technical expertise who shares the vision of a social network that puts users in control”.

The entry goes on to say: “Feel free to try to get it running on your machines and use it, but we give no guarantees. We know there are security holes and bugs, and your data is not yet fully exportable. If you do find something, be sure to log it in our bugtracker, and we would love screenshots and browser info.”

After the Diaspora idea was first announced back in April it took only twelve days to reach its initial $10,000 fundraising target. It got $200,641 from 6479 people via its crowd sourced fundraising site Kickstarter.com.

Source: PC Adviser

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