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.

3 Comments on “Diaspora – open source Facebook competitor gets ready for release”

  1. I think I could be part of the Diaspora I quite like the name, though agree with Piers about its use in everyday language. But look at Twitter who’d have thought that name would catch on, it still gives me the creeps.

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