Facebook Privacy Concerns Lead Students To Create Diaspora: The Next Big Social Network?

May 13, 2010, By Intermaggio

First, there was MySpace, at the start of the social network boom. Then, as MySpace usage fell due to bad management, bad design, and folks frustrated at the antics of attention-seeking teenagers, a new social network rose to popularity: Facebook.

Lately, we’ve been hearing increasingly troubling news about Facebook resetting privacy settings, and being dishonest with users to the point where the average Facebooker isn’t even aware of what is public and what is private on his or her profile. A group of students at NYU decided that it was time to change. Enter: Diaspora.

The founders of Diaspora, Maxwell, Daniel, Rafael, and Ilya are a group of friends from New York University who got frustrated with the lack of control over privacy settings that you get with Facebook. The idea is that rather than having one profile, your Diaspora “seed” will be an aggregation of all of your social networking tools- owned and controlled by you. But it’s more than that.

A seed will not just be all your existing networks put together, though. Decentralizing lets us reconstruct our “social graphs” so that they belong to us. Our real social lives do not have central managers, and our virtual lives do not need them. Friend another seed and the two of you can synchronize over a direct and secure connection instead of through a superfluous hub. Encryption (privacy nerds: we’re using GPG) will ensure that no matter what kind of content is being transferred, you can share privately. Eventually, today’s hubs could be almost entirely replaced by a decentralized network of truly personal websites.

The concept is a very unique and intriguing one, and the team is already well on their way to success- just recently they ran a fundraiser to purchase $10,000USD worth of software needed for the project, and had a huge success- they managed to raise over ten times the money they needed!

Diaspora’s release date is scheduled for September 2010, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

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