diaspora

  • Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy Passes Away At 22

    Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy Passes Away At 22

    Late last night, word began to spread around the tech community that one of Diaspora‘s four co-founders, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, had passed away. With much sadness, we’ve now confirmed this terrible news with the Diaspora team. The news is incredibly jarring, to the point that much else I could say escapes me. Ilya was just 22. To see any member of our community pass is sad, but for one… Read More

  • Diaspora Passing The Hat Again

    Diaspora Passing The Hat Again

    It’s been over a year since Diaspora raised over $200,000 towards the creation of an alternative, decentralized social network. It was less than three months later that the first screenshots of their project hit the web, but since then — well, it would be disingenuous to say we haven’t heard anything (they sent out alpha invites just last month, for instance), but they… Read More

  • Facebook Just Landed $1.5B; Open Source Alternative Struggles To Raise $10,000

    Facebook Just Landed $1.5B; Open Source Alternative Struggles To Raise $10,000

    Facebook just raised $1.5 billion at a $50 billion valuation, having secured just south of $2.4 billion since the company was founded. Contrast that with The Appleseed Project, which aims to establish an open source, fully distributed and decentralized social networking software suite to rival Facebook. I just got an email from the project’s lead developer, Michael Chisari, prompting me… Read More

  • Social Networking: The Future

    Social Networking: The Future

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part guest post by venture capitalist Mark Suster of GRP Partners on “Social Networking: The Past, Present, And Future.” Read Part I and Part II first. In my first post I talked about the history of social networking from 1985-2002 dominated by CompuServe, AOL & Yahoo! In the second post I explored the current era which… Read More

  • Four Facebook Alternative Alternatives

    Four Facebook Alternative Alternatives

    Now that Diaspora, which is building an open-source distributed social network, has launched in private alpha, I figured it’d be a good idea to remind you that there are several alternatives to that particular Facebook alternative, some of which have been around longer and in more advanced stages of development. Note that there may be more initiatives that I haven’t heard of or… Read More

  • Want An iPod Nano Watch? So Does Everyone. Idea Poised To Be New Kickstarter King

    Want An iPod Nano Watch? So Does Everyone. Idea Poised To Be New Kickstarter King

    We’ve talked a lot about Diaspora, the open-source Facebook-alternative, in recent months. One of the reasons for that is the massive success they had raising money on the crowdsourced fund-raising site, Kickstarter. The project raised over $200,000 from nearly 6,500 backers in just 39 days. Now a new project has already blown that tally out of the water: an iPod nano-based… Read More

  • Facebook Alternative Diaspora Launches Their Private Alpha With Some Bet Hedging

    Facebook Alternative Diaspora Launches Their Private Alpha With Some Bet Hedging

    We’ve been tracking the progress of Diaspora, the open-source Facebook alternative, since before the project even started. That’s because the idea got so much buzz on the crowdsourced micro-funding site Kickstarter, that they were able to turn a goal of raising $10,000 in 39 days into $200,000 from 6,500 backers in the same timeframe. But with such high expectations, you have… Read More

  • With Two Days Left In October, Diaspora Pushes Public Alpha To Thanksgiving

    With Two Days Left In October, Diaspora Pushes Public Alpha To Thanksgiving

    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… Read More

  • Facebook Competitor Diaspora Revealed: Sparse, But Clean; Source Code Released

    Facebook Competitor Diaspora Revealed: Sparse, But Clean; Source Code Released

    A post has just gone up on Diaspora’s blog revealing what the project actually looks like for the first time. While it’s not yet ready to be released to the public, the open-source social networking project is giving the world a glimpse of what it looks like today and also releasing the project code, as promised. At first glance, this preview version of Diaspora looks sparse… Read More

  • Diaspora Clarifies: Open Source On September 15, Consumer Alpha In October

    Diaspora Clarifies: Open Source On September 15, Consumer Alpha In October

    A few days ago, we noted that Diaspora was three weeks away from unveiling their open-source Facebook alternative. But a small update today clarifies one important point. On September 15, Diaspora will release the open source code for the project. But it won’t be until October that the first consumer-facing alpha is available. This isn’t a major hiccup, it’s just an update… Read More

  • Diaspora Three Weeks Away From Unveiling Open-Source Facebook Alternative

    Diaspora Three Weeks Away From Unveiling Open-Source Facebook Alternative

    Remember Diaspora? You’ll be forgiven if you don’t. Since they received a lot of hype as the open-source “Facebook Alternative” this past May, they’ve been quiet. In fact, they hadn’t given any updates on their progress since early July. But today they’ve re-emerged with some updates. Notably, they say: “We have Diaspora working, we like it, and… Read More

  • Diaspora Reports Progress In Its Quest To Build An Open Facebook Alternative

    Diaspora Reports Progress In Its Quest To Build An Open Facebook Alternative

    It’s been exactly one month after Diaspora, which aims to become an open Facebook alternative (much like OneSocialWeb and others) raised just over $200,000 in funding from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others through Kickstarter. Since then, it’s been quiet, but the team of four NYU students has been making some progress in actually building the system. Read More

  • Diaspora's Final Tally: $200,000 From Nearly 6,500 Backers

    Diaspora's Final Tally: $200,000 From Nearly 6,500 Backers

    When Diaspora set out to raise money to build an open Facebook alternative site, they had a pretty modest goal: $10,000. Of course, they were raising the funds through a less than traditional means — using Kickstarter, an online fundraising site. Still, they shot past that goal in 12 days. And within 20 days, they had raised over $100,000. Yesterday, the fundraising closed, the final… Read More

  • OneSocialWeb: We're Ahead Of Diaspora In The Creation Of An 'Open Facebook'

    OneSocialWeb: We're Ahead Of Diaspora In The Creation Of An 'Open Facebook'

    For all the attention the Diaspora project has been getting, largely thanks to the New York Times, another alternative called OneSocialWeb has been desperately trying to raise even just a couple of eyebrows. Which is frustrating to them, they say, because the goals of both projects are perfectly aligned, while OneSocialWeb is self-reportedly much further ahead of Diaspora in many ways. So… Read More

  • Diaspora, The Open Facebook Alternative, Soars Past $50,000 In Micro-Funding [Update: Now Past $100,000]

    Diaspora, The Open Facebook Alternative, Soars Past $50,000 In Micro-Funding [Update: Now Past $100,000]

    Whenever a service rises to popularity, an “open” alternative is usually close behind. The problem is that most of these alternatives never go anywhere, let along get close to the service they’re trying to supplant. But the rate at which Diaspora*, the open project hoping to be the new Facebook, is gaining funding is getting too big to ignore. The New York Times profiled… Read More