News.com reports that next month four students from New York will take on Facebook, the world’s biggest online social network. The new site, Diaspora, will allow users to control who they share information with and also empower users to manage Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Inspired after hearing a law professor describe social networking as “spying for free”, Max Salberg, Dan Grippi, Raphael Sofaer and Ilya Zhitomirskiy have spent the past six months building Diaspora – the do-it-yourself Facebook.
As yet, not much is known about the Diaspora platform, but it is set for an October launch.
To date, it’s an amazing effort, given that all anyone’s really been told is it’s a “privacy-aware, personally controlled, do-it-all open source social network”.
What has been revealed is that users will be able to build their own social network starting with a “seed”.
From this, they can add their own networks – “hubs” – and control what information goes to what hub.
Something you say to your friends, you might not want to say to your workmates.
Things you share with your family, stay in your family.
“Once it has been set up, the seed will aggregate all of your information: your Facebook profile, tweets, anything,” the team wrote on their blog in April.
Whether it will function well enough to attract an audience is anyone’s guess.
Learn more about Diaspora here.