Diaspora takes on Facebook

“Four talented young nerds,” — all of whom met at New York University’s Courant Institute have called their project Diaspora*. The Diaspora* software will let users set up their own personal servers, called seeds, create their own hubs and fully control the information they share. Centralized networks like Facebook are not necessary.

In our real lives, we talk to each other,” he said. “We don’t need to hand our messages to a hub. What Facebook gives you as a user isn’t all that hard to do. All the little games, the little walls, the little chat, aren’t really rare things. The technology already exists.

They intend to distribute the software free, and to make the code openly available so that other programmers can build on it.

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