Diaspora – open source Facebook competitor gets ready for release

Diaspora - open source Facebook competitor gets ready for release

Billed as the, “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network,” Diaspora aims to offer a Facebook-like experience, but without the lurking spectre of privacy concerns and general dodginess.

Here’s how they describe some of the stand-out features:

  • Share status messages and photos privately and in near real time with your friends through “aspects”.
  • Friend people across the Internet no matter where Diaspora seed is located.
  • Manage friends using “aspects”
  • Upload of photos and albums
  • All traffic is signed and encrypted (except photos, for now).

Diaspora - open source Facebook competitor gets ready for release

The project is still  in beta testing – and there’s plans for Facebook integration too – but you can see some early screengrabs here: http://www.joindiaspora.com/project.html

We’ll definitely be giving it a go, but it’s going to need Android/iPhone apps to get any kind of traction, even amongst those keen to find a Facebook alternative.

Oh, and the name is really crap.