Facebook is one of those things you hate yourself for using, but you keep using it and hating yourself because, well, it’s easy and fun and everyone else is using it.
But what if there was an alternative? What if there was a Facebook clone that was open source, privacy aware and personally controlled by you? What if, and I can’t imagine the sweet words are leaving my lips, what if there were no Farmville, Mafia Wars or Zooville?
The goal of four young programmers from NYU, the concept for Diaspora is a simple, personal server that shares your information across a network similar to a peer-to-peer network. Each server on the network is called a ‘seed’.
The service hopes to offer people the ability to install and maintain their own ‘seed’, but also hopes to run an online simplified version for people who don’t wish to install it themselves, similar to WordPress and wordpress.com.
While I would love to see Facebook dethroned, particularly by a service with more to offer those with a little technical know how, I worry about the lengthy, arduous task of convincing Facebook users to put down the crack pipe. If you think this has legs, throw your support in here.