This is something which made lots of news and attracted the Digital news industry every now and then. The diaspora team did it in a way that if they would have launched there product well in time then certainly they would have gained a lot of traction. The idea of decentralized web as Diaspora claims sounds interesting however it still seems not scalable in terms of an organisational structure.
We already have something called Elgg which is an open source one click install social network which we can say is decentralized as well to a certain extent, every niche can operate their own social hub using elgg and with the help of little knowledge one can easily customize it too. then came Appleseed project which also claimed the same. In the series the last entrant was Diaspora but they made the news which the other two failed.
What Diaspora is ?
In there own words
CHOICE – “Diaspora lets you sort your connections into groups called aspects. Unique to Diaspora, aspects ensure that your photos, stories and jokes are shared only with the people you intend.”
OWNERSHIP – “You own your pictures, and you shouldn’t have to give that up just to share them. You maintain ownership of everything you share on Diaspora, giving you full control over how it’s distributed.”
SIMPLICITY – “Diaspora makes sharing clean and easy – and this goes for privacy too. Inherently private, Diaspora doesn’t make you wade through pages of settings and options just to keep your profile secure.”
Wow , this all sounds cool, now the question is how many out of 500 million people who are already on facebook would be comfortable to switch to a software and fix their own Pods to connect to group of people they know.
Well for me the idea is great but the application is unreal. And also it fails to serve the purpose of connecting the whole world and making it a more social.
What is Project “I Want Facebook Alternate”, this project is an outcome of research of months that have been put into to find the pain areas that users go through while surfing the social web. Right now the social web is growing like wild fire however the problem is that its also growing the risk of data theft along with the increased spamming. Every now or then we get hell lot of fren requests or wall posts that are merely phishing attempts. There is a whole gang that works in this domain and call them selves Ninjas. Well honestly there is no way to fight these ninjas because they are anonymous and they are huge in numbers.
The Facebook alternate project is all about your society which includes you family , your friends, your colleagues and your so called known references. Its a free a network and when we say free its completely Ads free too. Now the question pops up how can it be free and if it is then how would we manage to run the show, well thats simple we are trying to work out economics the other way, rather than working on the traditional user info selling to Advertisers.
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