Diaspora: The New Not-Facebook Facebook...
Just a quick post to introduce everyone to Diaspora - a free, open-source and distributed social network - that is intended to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook.
You can check out a great review of it here in New York Magazine.
Some of the main selling points... The project is supposed to be "less an imitation of Facebook than an escape route from it — a path to freedom for those who had come to fear the dark side of the social network".
Also, because it's open-source, users actually own their data and, if they wish, they can even run their own servers. There is no corporate data-mining and no "whiplash privacy protocols".
The underlying idea is terrific - especially the fact that users actually get to own their information, photos, videos, etc. (and, yes, on Facebook, the company owns the legal property rights to your photos, not you).
However, open-source privacy-focused alternatives to overwhelmingly popular websites often don't make much of a dent in terms of market share. Does anyone remember how OpenSocial was going to replace Facebook two years ago or how DuckDuckGo was going to challenge Google?
Diaspora sounds full of promise, but forgive me for being a bit skeptical at this stage. Nevertheless, everyone should make that judgment for themselves.