Diaspora* “Share what you want, with whom you want.” That’s Diaspora’s slogan, an up-and-coming social networking site similar to Facebook and Twitter, but is still in its Alpha stage of development. I stumbled upon Diaspora after watching the movie The Social Network and doing some research on Google to see what new social media sites to look forward to in the coming years. Diaspora was on the top of that list. After visiting the official Diaspora site, I was able to not only able to sign-up but I was lucky enough to get in touch with the team itself. My main goal: Interview the Diaspora team for the blog. So, here it is, the official NYDtv interview with Diaspora.
NYDtv – 1. What is Diaspora?Yosem – Diaspora is a non-commercial, 100% community-managed, open-source and distributed social web for personal data ownership and people discovery:
- Non-commercial and 100% community-managed means that we’re 100% donation-supported, and we have hundreds of community volunteers on everything from open-source software development to spreading the word to providing support to and welcoming new users. We regularly listen to what our community wants and build the features they most care about.
- Distributed means that every user has the choice of installing Diaspora on their own personal pod (or server), where they can then own and control their own data, or they can use the community pod started by Diaspora’s founders at JoinDiaspora, or any one of more than 20 other community pods, including Geraspora and Diasporg. Open-source means that you can read and modify the code to make it suit your purposes. Unlike existing social networks that don’t let you see how their code works, Diaspora lets you see the code, so anyone can find and fix security flaws quickly, as well as have the peace of mind of knowing that your data is not being leaked to 3rd parties without your explicit permission or consent.
- People discovery means that Diaspora has a wonderful, friendly, and open community of diverse people from all over the world, so users can jump right in, start a public conversation, and meet interesting people.
NYDtv – 2. Who are the creators? When was the idea of Diaspora born?
Yosem – Diaspora’s creators are 4 young NYU students named Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Raphael Sopher, and Ilya Zhitomirskiy. New York Magazine did a great in-depth story on the history of the Diaspora project at http://nymag.com/news/features/establishments/68512/.
NYDtv – 3. How will Diaspora be appealing to people?Yosem – Many surveys show that roughly 2/3 of social networking users are concerned about their privacy on existing sites, and roughly half care about meeting people they don’t know. Diaspora lets you own and control your own data, so you don’t have to worry about your privacy and feel safe about meeting cool people you don’t know.
NYDtv – 4. When will Diaspora be up-and-running?Yosem – Diaspora has been up and running in alpha mode since November 21, 2010. Since then, dozens of people have set up their own personal pods, and there are now over 20 open community pods. The pod started by our founders at JoinDiaspora is invite-only for the time being. We are already rolling out beta invites and will migrate everyone to the beta in celebration of our 1st anniversary later this year. In the meantime, you can sign up on our waiting list at JoinDiaspora.NYDtv – 5. Is Diaspora for everyone? Any age restrictions? Any country restrictions?Yosem – The only restriction that Diaspora has is an appreciation for personal data ownership and people discovery. If you care about owning your own data and like meeting interesting people from around the world, Diaspora is for you.NYDtv – 6. How long have you been working on Diaspora?Yosem – I suppose you mean me, Yosem Companys. I’ve been working on Diaspora as consiglieri since founding. At this time, I wear many different hats, so to speak, but in general do everything and anything I can to help support our growing user community.