Project Diaspora. The open source Facebook-killa. You know the one. Developers got a taste of it last month. And the rest of us were supposed to get a usable alpha build this month. Well, there are only two days left in this month. So it’s shouldn’t be too surprising that they’re pushing the consumer release again.
In a post pointing out some of the progress being made today, the Diaspora team notes:
Our basic feature set is almost done. Once that is stable, we’ll set up an alpha server so that anyone, not just developers, can try Diaspora and help us improve it. We’re shooting to do this before Thanksgiving.
So what has Diaspora been working on since last month? Here’s some of the latest features they note:
- Public messages are can now be posted to Twitter and Facebook
- Friends can now be in multiple aspects
- Re-sharing of status messages to aspects other than the one originally posted to
- An invite system for inviting your friends not hip to Diaspora yet
- Email notifications on new friend request and acceptance
- Account data is exportable
- A more friendly “getting started” experience
That said, we’ve heard from some developers who built versions themselves that there were some pretty glaring security holes in the initial builds. Hopefully those will be fixed before the public gets any kind of taste.