Mid-September Release For Facebook Nemesis Diaspora

Mid-September Release For Facebook Nemesis Diaspora


September 15 launch date announced

We’ve been silent for most of this summer about Diaspora (the upstart social network alternative to Facebook) as it percolates. The open source project of four New York University students, Diaspora is set to make its code available on September 15, some three months after funding was raised and the work begun.

Last Thursday, Team Diaspora updated their blog–their first update since July 1–to let everyone know how things have been progressing. Happily, the team is nearing completion and promises that what we’ll see will only be the first step in what could become a viable and useful alternative to the sometimes hated Facebook.

Facebook Alternative

Diaspora’s start came about due to Facebook’s failings or should I say their lack of respect for people’s privacy. The four students decided to do something about it and set out to raise $10,000 in seed money in order to work on their project all summer long. Turns out that the team raised more than $200,000 and garnered tons of publicity along the way. Even Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, has endorsed Diaspora.

The extra funding has allowed Team Diaspora to travel to Portland, Oregon, to work with the Federal Social Web Summit and collaborate with like-minded developers. They also tapped Janice Fraser for design assistance who, by the way, has helped launch a number of companies including Adaptive Path.

Ongoing Project

Team Diaspora was supposed to have run for the summer, allowing two of the four students who aren’t done with their studies to resume their schooling this fall. However, interest in the project has mushroomed which means those two students will be taking leave of their studies for now to help build it into a long term project, perhaps a solid challenger to the 500 million member Facebook. Or not.

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