Diaspora’s Up. Do You Still Care?

I could say it feels like only yesterday I was introducing you guys to Diaspora, but that would very much be a lie. Honestly, it feels more like it’s been 13 years.

For those of you just joining us, Diaspora is the ‘privacy-aware’ social network that debuted in concept several months ago, amidst the zenith of Facebook’s privacy woes. And it seemed like perfect timing; with everyone getting their hate on for Facebook and its alleged disregard for user privacy, most people agreed it was time for a change. Diaspora seemed like mana from heaven, offering true privacy and the ability to exact complete control over a user’s information.

As of now, Diaspora is live, in invite-only beta form. And if one thing can be said, it’s that it’s about damn time.

“By taking these baby steps,” write the four students behind the project in their blog, “we’ll be able to quickly identify performance problems and iterate on features as quickly as possible.” True that, guys, and thanks for being so thorough.

But the Facebook hullabaloo has been fixed gone quiet, and the internet seems to be once again content with mediocrity. Is Diaspora too little, too late? Did you sign up for an invite? Are you going to? Personally, I’m still pumped, but to be honest, even my faith has eroded a bit. I guess we’ll see.

By tydunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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