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Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook

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2:27 am on May 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook [nytimes.com]
New York Times
May 11, 2010


A few months back, four geeky college students, living on pizza in a computer lab downtown on Mercer Street, decided to build a social network that wouldn’t force people to surrender their privacy to a big business. It would take three or four months to write the code, and they would need a few thousand dollars each to live on.

They gave themselves 39 days to raise $10,000, using an online site, Kickstarter, that helps creative people find support.

It turned out that just about all they had to do was whisper their plans....
9:00 am on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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These Diaspora guys certainly had good timing for their project. Despite all the hype they have yet to release anything, so we'll have to reserve judgment until they bring something more concrete.
11:50 am on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If Diaspora ever gets big, they will be offered a ton of cash and I could see them taking it. If they don't sell out, they'll surely change their business model at some point down the line. The problem with all these noble sites is that once they get too big they're ruled by money and they change their practices.

There was a certain small startup who's motto was "Don't be evil". Wonder what ever happened to them?
1:01 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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A couple of problems.

If the data is distributed does that mean than anyone hosting / seeding can access all the data of everyone?

They don't have a domain / catchy domain. diaspora com goes to an MFA site. If joindiaspora is the domain it's uninspiring.
1:19 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If joindiaspora is the domain it's uninspiring.


Facebook was "thefacebook" for a long time. It definitely helps to have the correct domain but small variations can work.