Diaspora: An Open Source Facebook
May 12, 2010 7:01 PM Subscribe
Diaspora: open-source Facebook
posted by WCityMike (145 comments total)
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In February, four NYU grads saw Columbia University law professor Eben Moglen give a speech to the Internet Society, "Freedom in the Cloud
", and were inspired to take a geek thwack at creating an open-source Facebook. As a result of negative media coverage of Facebook's recent privacy intrusions, their Kickstarter sales pitch
raised $10,000 in its first 12 days, which has more than doubled by today.
A Diaspora "seed" – which they're evidently writing in Ruby and licensing under aGPL
– will let you have "all the little games, the little walls, the little chat", but hosted on your system (but communicating with your friends' Diaspora instances), and will allow services to optionally interact
, so that, for example, a photograph uploaded to Flickr could automatically generate a tweet.