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Packing my bags

In Musings on August 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

With the imminent release of the aptly named Diaspora project, which has been defined by the team as a “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network,” I am faced with a dilemma. Will I; a 21st century casual surfer of the interwebz and client of the now half-a-billion strong Facebook network pack my digi-bag and move to greener pastures?

This exodus would involve me fully terminating my membership at ┬áZuckerberg’s fortress of solitude. All my pictures, friends and witty, vaguely pretentious posts will be deleted and (hopefully) wiped from the information banks of the great beholder. Four years of virtual history will be erased, will I miss it? Do I miss msn?

No, no I don’t.

For me Diaspora represents the next step in evolution of web based social networking. It promises privacy coupled with open source, and that makes the biggest difference. It gives social networking back to the social network. Instead of building a “private” hub that collects everything you type or send, it relays directly to your friends. This is of course not the first of such network projects to spring up in the wake of Facebook that keeps it aim on privacy ( – but it is one which is promised immense financial and moral backing.

I don’t think that Diaspora will beat Facebook in the social networking branch of the interweb olympics, but that’s beside the point. Diaspora represents a rising confidence in keeping things private and personal – which for me represents the essential fundamentals of serious web-based interaction.

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