Joindiaspora.com: Latest Entrant to the Social Network; Invites available here

Diaspora.com, has hit the late Alpha stage and we are one of the first to get the invites to access and test the newest entry to the Social Network Circuit. Our first response was “Hey, it looks like Google+“, but then we explored!

Let’s start

What exactly is JoinDiaspora

Diaspora  is a free  personal web server  that implements a  distributed social networking  service, providing a  decentralized  alternative to  social network services  like  Facebook.

Diaspora  is the social network that puts you in control of your information. You decide what you’d like to share, and with whom. You retain full ownership of all your information, including friend lists, messages, photos, and profile details.

Share what you want, with who you want.

They say, they have an awesome privacy control, plus an open approach to the Social networks, the code is available to built upon, unlike Facebook that has private software, algorithms running at the backend.

Diaspora is yet another example of  decentralized  approach  to IT Infrastructure building.

Idea and scope of project

The group was inspired to create Diaspora by a February 5, 2010 speech from  Columbia University law  professor  Eben Moglen  to theInternet Society’s New York Chapter, “Freedom in the Cloud”, in which Moglen described  centralized social networks  as “spying for free.”  In a  New York Times  interview, Salzberg said “When you give up that data, you’re giving it up forever … The value they give us is negligible in the scale of what they are doing, and what we are giving up is all of our privacy.” Sofaer added, “We don’t need to hand our messages to a hub. What Facebook gives you as a user isn’t all that hard to do. All the little games, the little walls, the little chat, aren’t really rare things. The technology already exists”.  However, Salzberg has said that “Facebook is not what we are going after”.

Diaspora works by letting users set up their own server (or “pod”) to host content; pods can then interact to share status updates, photographs, and other social data.  It allows its users to host their data with a traditional web host, a cloud-based host, an  ISP, or a friend. The framework, which is being built on  Ruby on Rails, is  free software  and can be experimented with by external developers.

Look and Feel

Here are one of the first look for joindiaspora.com and we think it looks some what similar to Google+

Once you get an Invite, you go ahead and register yourself, after the registration you are greeted with the below screen, asking you to fill out your Name, Birthday, Bio, et. al., after that, there is an option step to connect Diaspora with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

It also gives options to connect with people who are already in. You could scroll down and hit the Finish button

Now you reach the Stream, much similar to the Facebook Wall, where you could see what your friends updates are, there are options to invite friends, via email or facebook. Few of the other stuffs include an option to donate to Diaspora, A bookmarklet, which  supposedly, could be bookmarked and when open it directly allows you to update your joindiaspora status.

There is something also called “You Aspects”, similar to Circles on Google+

Diaspora profile

Well, this is just a zoomed version of the above pic to the profile photo

The Joindiaspora Topbar

What all does it have?

What all does it have? a standrad search bar, a button to go to the Streams (home button), Contacts, Notification and Private conversation (messages)

Cubbi.es is the first application on the diaspora platform, they say it’s the best way to collect photos online, there is a link to it on your Diaspora streams page, which also say’s it is under development.

Screenshot of a typical Cubbi.es page for a user

The site looks impressive, let’s see how many would join in to test it.

 

If you want your invite, all you got to do is, Join our  Facebook Page, hey that is optional, but would love to see you guys there and secondly, send across an email to us on dhawaldamania [at] thednetworks [dot] com, that’s it.

The DNetWorks Team