I’m glad someone is taking initiative here, but I think we’re all getting a little ahead of ourselves.
Seemingly, this is just a whole lot of backlash from the recent security fallout from Facebook. We’re yet to even see a hint of a working model or mock up, and they’ve already raised over $180,000. They’ve already been written up in the New York Times and pretty much everywhere else on the Internet.
I’m happy they’re around, but I’m not yet ready to jump ship.
Facebook works because it’s a hub. Social media only work when you can interact with the people you know (or at least the people you claim to know). If only a few of my friends join diaspora, what’s the point? Right now - for most of you with a Facebook account - nearly all of your friends are also on the FBook. So is your mom, dad, cousin, teacher, aunt, grandma, friend and nerdy kid down the street. It’s both good and bad, but that’s the key: the people are there.
I, too, have high hopes for diaspora. Frankly, there is every chance in the world that it becomes a Facebook killer - a more secure Facebook killer, though that is a very, very large task to take on. If it can carve out just a tiny bit of the users, it will work, and maybe even give even more of a wakeup call to Facebook to clean up it’s act.
But for now, I’m reserved. I’ll be following along with their progress this summer, but until I start seeing how and why things will work with diaspora, I have little to go on and therefore little hope for it’s chances.