A new social network: Diaspora launches in Alpha

The Diaspora Project

Diaspora is an open-source and distributed community of social networks run by users that enables you to own your own personal data, control with whom you share, and discover cool stuff throughout the Web.

Today after months of waiting I finally received a login invite from Diaspora, the new social network that's open source and community funded, decentralising our social graph so it belongs to us.

Diaspora aims to be a distributed network, where totally separate computers connect to each other directly, will let us connect without surrendering our privacy. We call these computers ‘seeds’. A seed is owned by you, hosted by you, or on a rented server. Once it has been set up, the seed will aggregate all of your information: your Facebook profile, tweets, anything. We are designing an easily extendable plugin framework for Diaspora, so that whenever newfangled content gets invented, it will be automagically integrated into every seed. Read more

When you login the user experience is much as you'd expect. You create your profile, write a few words about who you are and start following some topics. Like Twitter Diaspora uses hashtags but unlike Twitter hashtags on Diaspora are a more organised experience. When you start following a tag all seeds (posts) mentioning that tag appear in your stream.

When you first login your first post is all but written for you using the #NewHere tag making it super easy to connect with everyone checking it out for the first time.

You can integrate your Facebook and Twitter feeds and of course reshare other peoples posts.

Diaspora has 'Aspects' which in Google + speak are your circles or groups of contacts

So all in all its a bloody simple social network that has bedded in hashtags and looks similar to Facebook and Twitter.

Diaspora pods mean you can get an account anywhere you would like JoinDiapsora and Diasp.org are two of the largest, but you can sign up at any open community pod.

I signed up to JoinDiaspora. See you there.

Check out the Diaspora Kickstarter Video

More than 2000 people donated between $25 and $49 towards their Kickstarter campaign

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