Facebook’s Best Alternative is Diaspora Social Network?

What do you think about Facebook’s rival! Any project there created as an alternative to Facebook, the World’s biggest and most popular social network, with 750 million members and billions of dollars in annual revenue. These are the question comes when you think of any topics like this.

Yes this is going to happen with a cool new social networking service called Diaspoar that’s been created as an alternative to Facebook (Rival). Diaspora could be better than Facebook in several ways-its user interface is cleaner and better looking, but in the end that might not matter. Most People still prefer the Facebook simply because that’s where everyone have friends.

What is Diaspora : This is an open-source project created for social networking beleived to be the best rival or alternative to the Facebook. The Diaspora was designed to not evenhave its own servers — the computer banks that a centralized website uses to store users’ data. “Diaspora makes sharing clean and easy — and this goes for privacy too,” said the founders on Diaspora’s homepage. “Inherently private, Diaspora doesn’t make you wade through pages of settings and options just to keep your profile secure.”

Actually, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, co-founder of a new social network service called Diaspora, has died in San Francisco at the age of 22. Diaspora project is founded and grouped by four New York University students Dan Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Raphael Sofaer and Ilya Zhitomirskiy. The four schoolmates from New York University who started Diaspora in 2010, They billed it as a site that was less centralized and more Personal (private) than the Social networ gaints as Facebook, Twitter and the Google+.

The creators of Diaspora talk about their product

After the word of Zhitomirskiy’s death spread, Diaspora announced it was inviting users to try a new, redesigned experimental version of the service. It had set up a nonprofit foundation to solicit donations for start-up money  but had run into problems. PayPal temporarily suspended transfer of donated payments in October 2010.

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, co-founder of Diaspora, a social network startup. Image from his memorial page at Respectance.com

When going to the comcept behind the Diaspora, it is distribute the social networking by allowing the users to setup their own platform on their own server or seed to host their content. Diaspora’s distributed network framework works similar to the P2P programs where the dat can be served from user’s own server and have total control over their private data. Without accessing any centralized server, Diaspora’s social network connects directly from Computer to PC with more privacy.

Even though Diaspora, not having centralized server to maintain the friends connection, the selective privacy enables users to have full control over what to share and whom to share data, instead connections will be made from computer to computer set up with Diaspora which is called “Seed”, so any connections made by a friend wqill be in the form of Seed. Using Diaspora Social Network, users can share more information such as content, Media, status, etc privately.

What the group of Diaspora say about their Social Network users Bill of Rights :

This is an 100% volunteer-run, open orgainization, which means that their users to do everything from open-source software development to spreading the word to translations to graphic design to provide support to fellow users.

we are excited and proud to announce that Diaspora* has agreed to abide by CFP’s Social Network Users’ Bill of Rights, as follows:

1. Honesty: We will honor our privacy policy and terms of service.
2. Clarity: We will make sure that our policies, terms of service, and settings are easy to find and understand.
3. Freedom of speech: We will not delete or modify user data without a clear policy and justification.
4. Empowerment : We will support assistive technologies and universal accessibility.
5. Self-protection: We will support privacy-enhancing technologies.
6. Data minimization: We will minimize the information users are required to provide and share with others.
7. Control: We will work toward enabling users to own and control their data and won’t facilitate sharing their data unless they agree first.
8. Predictability: We will obtain the prior consent of users before significantly changing who can see their data.
9. Data portability: We will make it easy for users to obtain a copy of their data.
10. Protection: We will treat user data as securely as our own confidential data unless they choose to share these data, and notify them if these data are compromised.
11. Right to know: We will show users how we are using their data and allow them to see who and what has access to their data.
12. Right to self-define: We will allow users to create more than one identity and use pseudonyms. We will not link them without their permission.
13. Right to appeal: We will allow users to appeal punitive actions.
14. Right to withdraw: We will allow users to delete their accounts and remove their data.

Want to know more about the Facebook’s rival, Diaspora’s socilal network which can host on their own servers, please head over to this official Diaspora’s Blog.