When I read XKCD this morning (the mouseover says “you can get it from my seed at Joindiaspora.com whenever that project gets going”) I had to google the diaspora people and see what they were up to. Diaspora also came up in a LL thread about Facebook privacy not too long ago.
To my surprise their blog header has a photo of a dandelion that looks a lot like the ones I took last night in the rain. So at the end of this post I will put up some macro photos of dandelion seeds.
The faces are all young, white, and male, but to their credit they say they want to create something they would want to use themselves. They say are already running a beta version of their software. What exactly it consists of isn’t clear. The difference is supposed to be encryption, but hey, if someone creates something that’s encrypted, doesn’t that mean they have the key for it? And wouldn’t that also mean you have to download something into your own computer in order to use it? And somehow receive software updates? And anti-virus and DDOS protection?
Will the Diaspora get it Together? (pun alert) We’ll see. In the meantime there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for a Facebook alternative. So far the Diaspora has defined themselves in terms of what they are NOT (Facebook) and in the fact that they have left the reservation.
Now that you mention it, how DO you pronounce “diaspora“? And will you have to be Jewish to use it? I suspect there is a market here for something with less than four syllables, and that Diaspora may have some competition. And does the Diaspora have a political slant? We already have a Wikipedia by Libertarians, and a monopolistic rural radio network (Clear Channel) defined by the extreme right wing. Where is George Soros?