Maybe you saw this the other day, Diaspora a social network that a group of NYU graduates are just about to start building . Diaspora is a distributed social network. In their words: Diaspora – the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network. To me this makes tons of sense if implemented correctly. If you watch the video (I’ve included it below) one of the things they ask that to me does make tons of sense is… why should we be tied to a hub?
Update: It seems that if you take 4 geeks, a blackboard, a crowd sourced capital raising platform and throw in a little arrogant privacy moves by the 2Facebook you can make just about any idea fly, last I checked they had well over 10K raised– all the way up to $174,414.
This does make sense. The relationships (people) in the social network that I have are mine. So why should you have to log into a centralized hub that not only controls these friendships but also controls your data? I’ve talked about quite a bit on my podcast Defining New Media.
Who owns this data? There are young children right now that are tagged on Facebook from just about the day– if not the day they were born. That sure is a early start for a digital life. So what if you wanted all that to go away? What if you truly did want that data, pictures, or video to not be seen anymore? You don’t have that choice.
What This Could Mean
I welcome these guys effort. In fact I fully support them and would like to be an early adopter of their product in September 2010. Even if this idea does not take off I hope it is a catalyst for other networks like it. Plus keep Facebook in check a little would help.
I’m hoping it wont be something like Identa.ca. Not sure what that is just think of a open source version of Twitter. While there is a core group of users on this system it has never fully taken off. Time will tell.