Share what you want, with who you want with this theme Diaspora, the social network wishes you to put your information. You decide what you’d like to share, and with whom. You retain full ownership of all your information, including friend lists, messages, photos, and profile details.
Diaspora aims to be a distributed network, where totally separate computers connect to each other directly, will let us connect without surrendering our privacy. We call these computers ‘seeds’. A seed is owned by you, hosted by you, or on a rented server. Once it has been set up, the seed will aggregate all of your information: your facebook profile, tweets, anything. We are designing an easily extendable plugin framework for Diaspora, so that whenever newfangled content gets invented, it will be automagically integrated into every seed.
Now that you have your information in your seed, it will connect to every service you used to have for you. For example, your seed will keep pulling tweets and you will still be able to see your Facebook newsfeed. In fact, Diaspora will make those services better! Upload an image to Flickr and your seed can automatically generate a tweet from the caption and link. Social networking will just get better when you have control over your data.
A seed will not just be all your existing networks put together, though. Decentralizing lets us reconstruct our “social graphs” so that they belong to us. Our real social lives do not have central managers, and our virtual lives do not need them. Friend another seed and the two of you can synchronize over a direct and secure connection instead of through a superfluous hub. Encryption (privacy nerds: we’re using GPG) will ensure that no matter what kind of content is being transferred, you can share privately. Eventually, today’s hubs could be almost entirely replaced by a decentralized network of truly personal websites.
The Diaspora was started by four New York University students, goes back about six months to the first Facebook privacy crisis of the summer. The Diaspora team decided to try to do something different. They team hoped to raise $10,000 to start working on the project over the summer, the guys ended up raising just more than $200,000.
Diaspora looks a lot like any other social network, they claim their interface itself to be clean, there are no ads, means no distractions. A focus with Diaspora is that your data is portable, encrypted and selective. You can download all of your data directly from your profile — or download all of your photos. You can also close your account without having to go through any delete shenanigans a la Facebook.
Contacts can be assigned one or more aspect, it can be thought of as Facebook Groups, sans the interaction. In other words, you can create a grouping of people — an aspect — named work, and only people in that aspect will be able to view or comment on your messages or photos.