Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Ilva Zhitomirskiy, and Raphael Sofaer are New York University students who are quickly creating competition for the dominant social media force Facebook. The programmers developed the idea for Diaspora, “an open source personal web service that will put individuals in control of their data,” or in other words, the opposite of Facebook. Originally, the team aimed to collect $10,000 by this June in order to launch the site.
In just 12 days, they made the money. Thanks to Kickstarter, more than $100,000 has been raised already.
Diaspora is built upon the idea that maintaining one’s privacy and participating in online networks do not have to be mutually exclusive concepts. The site will provide users with the opportunity to install a “seed” which will allow them to completely control their own web server within the bigger network. The user will have full ownership of the material that they choose to share. No one is sure what Diaspora will look like yet, but the team plans to use the summer to build the site. With Facebook photos and personal information popping up all over the web without the user’s consent, Diaspora may be prove to be what the people have been waiting for. What do you think?