Open-Source Social Network Diaspora Kicks off its Alpha Version

Diaspora is a widely anticipated social network site built on open-source code that has released an Alpha version. Diaspora is the brain child of four New York University students (Maxwell, Raphael, Daniel and Ilya). They came up with the idea of Diaspora earlier this year, and raised US$200,000 from investors to develop the project.

In their blog they had announced

Today we’re releasing the first set of invites for the Diaspora alpha at joindiaspora.com. Every week, we’ll invite more people, starting with our Kickstarter backers, and then moving through our mailing list. By taking these baby steps, we’ll be able to quickly identify performance problems and iterate on features as quickly as possible

A major feature that Diaspora hopes to provide is for users to retain ownership of the material shared and full control over how that information is shared. Additionally, it hopes to allow users to divide their social connections into individual groups, called Aspects, and control how the material is viewed by the different groups.

Diaspora may not be big enough currently to cause worries to Mark Zuckerberg the creator of Facebook. However, it is important to note that there are many efforts being made to build open-source-based social-networking software and services.

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