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Are you sick of all the changes Facebook is making? Well Diaspora hopes so, because they are launching their own social network designed for all the people who feel like Facebook has wronged them. There has been a lot of uproar on the Internet over the Facebook privacy policy, and Diaspora, which is in the Alpha stage, is looking to capitalize on the anger by having users switch over and come to them.

Some of the features are very Google+ sounding, in that you only share with the people you want, à la circles. They call them “aspects” on Diaspora, but the idea is the same: place people in aspects and choose which aspects you want to share a post with. Where it is clear they are targeting the Facebook oppressed is with photo ownership. A lot of people are upset about Facebook being able to do what they want with your photos and with this new social networking service that won’t happen. They also promise a higher degree of privacy, so all the people who are in up in arms over Facebook’s privacy policy might want to take a look here.

Right now the service is invite only, and it is simple to ask for an invite. Simply head over to and enter your email. They will add you to the invitation list and get an invite to you as soon as possible.

Before you scoff at a new social network, remember MySpace and how they made a lot of changes. Next thing you know Facebook comes in and crushes them. Obviously, I’m not saying that is going to happen again, but you never know with these sort of things.

Source: JoinDiaspora


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  1. Suhel
    September 30, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Open Sign Ups are closed at this time :-/

    • Dave LeClair
      October 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Yea, they are invite only, put in your email, and when they have more invites they will send them to you.

      • Suhel
        October 4, 2011 at 3:52 am

        Yes Dave. I read that in your post, but the link posted in the article redirects me to the login page, i.e. there is no option to add my email id

        • Dave LeClair
          October 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm

          Hmm, that is strange. I'm getting the enter email page when I click it. Try contacting them on Twitter to get an invite, users in previous comments have said that worked.

  2. John
    September 30, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I think competing services stand a chance when leaders in the industry stop paying attention to the needs of their users. We've all seen Microsoft's browser dominance slip away because of apathy, RIM's position in the smartphone arena implode because they didn't react, IBM, and so many others.

    You build a better mousetrap (competition, innovation) and people respond.

  3. Miggs
    September 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Although I'm a FLOSS advocate I'm afraid Diaspora doesn't stand a chance. Facebook is definitively the king and Google strikes hard against them. They got the money, the tradition, the adds and most of all, the people. Diaspora kinda reminds me of GNU / Linux and it's fight to gain field from Windows or Mac.

    • Bob
      September 30, 2011 at 12:36 am

      I tend to agree with you. Diaspora will never beat facebook, the lack of farmville and the like will keep soccermoms and kids away.
      But that is  kind of the point.

      • Dave LeClair
        September 30, 2011 at 3:17 am

        I agree with you guys, it probably won't even be a blip on facebooks radar, but at a point Facebook wasn't a blip on myspaces radar either. You just never know.

        • Anonymous
          October 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm

          The good thing about Diaspora is that it's changing social networks with their feature set. G+ is pretty much Diaspora + Facebook.

          Diaspora will be popular with freedom lovers and GNU fans. G+ will be popular with everyone else.

  4. Jreg
    September 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    It has been invite only forever...and they never send out invites.

    • The Only Cog
      September 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Same here.  I signed up for an invite months ago.  I've had a few 'holding' emails but that's all  :-(

      • Alexis
        October 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        If you still want it, you can ask @DiasporaReplies:twitter I got my invite within 2 hours.
        Hope that helps