Many of you use Facebook. However, with decreasing privacy and the fact that FB own your personal data, many are looking for a new social media platform where control can be retained over your data. Enter Diaspora*.
Diaspora* is a new social media platform based on a federated architecture. This means that you can host your data on any one of many public servers, or run your own. The network handles distribution of posts to your friends in much the same way as email; your posts are delivered to your friend’s server directly, there is no central system. This is great for resilience and it is also great for privacy as only the data you specifically allow to leave your server ever does.
There is no advertising on Diaspora*. It features a nice clean, simple web interface and also a mobile site, Android and iPhone apps, just like Facebook does.
I am currently testing a new community Diaspora* server (or Pod, as they are known) with the view of offering access to it to all my friends so we can all start the migration away from Facebook together. Don’t worry though, Diaspora* allows you to cross-post your status to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr automatically, if you like. This makes the transition easy to manage as your friends who have not yet made the switch can still see your posts.
If course, you’re welcome to use another Pod. One such public Pod is joindiaspora.com, which is run by the founders of Diaspora*.