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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Diaspora for the People

Diaspora diaspora… So yesterday the founder of this relatively new social networking site died. An apparent suicide. That is a post for another day. Today I just want to talk about how excited I get when I see open source social networking.

The word diaspora means to disperse. The software is available for individuals to use and share. If that is over your head do not worry. 

The fact that you are reading this blog means you know as much as you need to know about social media to come on over and check it out. If you are reading this blog I will bet you have a Facebook and or LinkedIn account. 

The bold progressive few might also have a Google+ profile. Why on earth would anyone need one more social networking site? We will not even discuss Twitter

The social networking concept of Diaspora is all about conscious social networking. The benefit to humanity is privacy and ownership. Keep the rights to your content. They do not try to tell you how to present yourself. Use a name you make up, have a non self icon whatever you like. 

All things Facebook and Google cannot say to their gaggle of sheeple. Yes I am signed up everywhere but only because it’s where the people are. I am too social to be a web site/host snob. Still those of us who have been around a while know great ideas when we see them. 

My crafty friends wish we could clone our favorite Code Monkey and introduce him to MZ and the other web site leaders that be. We love how the site Ravelry runs. 

Diaspora looks a little like G+ with it’s streaming. Which someone said reminded them of Twitter and Facebook. This means you should be able to navigate with out too much confusion. You can even integrate your FB profile with the site which will then grab your name and photo icon.

It has a little of that best kept secret feel. The people seem friendly and active. There is no sense of big business or Big Brother looking over your cyber shoulder. Maybe for me it will be a place to hide.

Hidden in plain sight has always suited me well. I like that diaspora offers me the choice to be private and keep things to myself. I like the option of sharing only what I want with whom I want, the way I want. I always love the idea of empowered community.


  1. Hmmm, interesting. I've never heard of Diaspora until I read it here on your blog. :-)


  2. I might have heard of it before but I never looked into it until now. Did you sign up? What do you think if so? I did not log in yesterday but I need to get back over there and see what is up. I was chattering with someone. lol