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Diaspora alpha invite giveaway

The Download Squad, being the antisocial types that we are, don't have any friends to invite to Diaspora -- so we're inviting you instead! Erez, who reviewed Disapora earlier, thinks it stands a good chance against Facebook, especially as Facebook dissent grows. We have 10 invites to give away. Win an invite, and you'll become part of the private alpha process, and later the public beta. To ...

Diaspora Alpha hands-on: a video review of Facebook's competition

So, Diaspora started sending out invites. Jay got one and invited me in! Rather than bore you with a lengthy text description, I've decided to bore you with a video instead, so you can at least see for yourself what it looks like while I rattle on and on. The aesthetic is different than what we've seen in past screenshots. It doesn't look as good, at least to me. At any rate, you're welcome to wa...

Upstart Facebook challenger Diaspora now sending out private alpha invites

The Diaspora blog announced today that private alpha invites are now being sent out. The invites are being rolled out slowly, first to those who donated to the project through Kickstarter, followed by people who have requested them at joindiaspora.com, which is the main website for the operation. Diaspora.com, at the moment, is still an ad-ridden, cash-parked domain masquerading as a "luxury trav...

Diaspora's "open Facebook" source code riddled with security issues

It's important to note that the team at Diaspora was very up front about the recent pre-alpha dev-release of their code having "security holes and bugs" -- but early reports from coders who have gone through it paint a pretty grim picture so far. Code that's wrought with bugs and security holes is one thing, but many devs don't see the point in contributing the time and effort required to fix the...

Diaspora puts out Developer Release -- source code is here!

Diaspora has just offered up their first public release – a developer version of the platform. In their own words, Diaspora is "in its infancy," but now everyone can see exactly what's going on in the code base, and hopefully pitch in with some help. This code is far from production-ready, but it is a solid indication that the Diaspora guys have been using their crowdsourced startup money f...

Diaspora, the open Facebook competitor, will launch on 9/15

Diaspora, the much talked about open competitor to Facebook, has set a launch date of September 15. We've extensively debated Diaspora's chances of success here on Download Squad, and the real test is about to begin. We'll finally see how Diaspora has used that $200,000 in donations -- the most ever raised by a single project on Kickstarter.com. Apparently, flashy features have been put on th...

Zuckerberg donated to Diaspora, the open-source Facebook competitor

You'd think Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg would be dismissive of Diaspora, the upstart effort to provide an open-source Facebook alternative, but Zuck says that's not true. In fact, he donated to the crowd-funded Diaspora project via Kickstarter. Although the amount he donated is unknown, the Facebook founder told Wired he saw himself in the Diaspora kids, who are current NYU students. My take is ...

Open Facebook alternative Appleseed is on IndieGoGo -- and looking for funding

The Appleseed Project's been going through a bit of a resurgence lately, and along with a redone source page and a growing amount of mentions in the media, the project is now getting serious about funding. Project-founder Michael Chisari has set the goal he's looking to meet at $10,000 -- and you can donate at IndieGoGo, the fundraising site where Appleseed is listed. Chisari's stated on the fund...

Why Diaspora will win

Okay, so four CS majors get together and say, "hey, why don't we create something that is like Facebook, but with no privacy concerns?" Two weeks later, they've raised over $100K in pledges. This could either be hyped-up vaporware (as my DLS colleague Matthew Rogers believes), or it could be something truly great. To see why, and how, it can all work out for the best, continue reading after the f...

Why Diaspora will fail

There's been a lot of buzz lately about Diaspora, with its being called "the new Facebook alternative" and getting treated like some sort of social networking Holy Grail for privacy. It even set a record for start-up fundraising site Kickstarter by raising over $170,000 in pledges. Everyone seems pretty excited about the prospect of some magical new social network that will be private, secure, an...

Diaspora, the open Facebook alternative, raises over $100k in donations

With the latest privacy debacle on Facebook, users leaving the site are looking for somewhere to go. Diaspora has popped up as an open Facebook alternative, and people are getting behind it in a big way. The new service is funded by donations through crowdsourcing site Kickstarter, and supporters have backed Diaspora to the tune of $118,000 and counting. It's already the biggest Kickstarter proje...