Diaspora: the open source answer to Facebook
Imagine being able to capture all the fun and excitement of Facebook, but with superior control on exactly who you want to see your thoughts, conversations, photos, and anything else that may be shared. On top of this, imagine if the creator of this network wasn’t a business trying to profit off of your information, but instead a non-profit group of university students with no interest in creeping your pages.
A group of four Columbia University Computer Science students are many months into the Diaspora project. The open-source approach to social networking. If you are unfamiliar with the open source movement on the internet, it is the basis for projects like Wikipedia, WordPress and a slew of other others currently taking place. The basic principles involve a non-profit focus, with many contributors to the code (hence the name open source), as well as perpetual imporvements.
Facebook is a phenomenon with a ton of momentum; however, there are a few fundamental flaws in its structure that make me believe it will soon be overthrown. In regards to information security, the current status quo allows everyone to access a key items of your profile, regardless of how tight your security preferences may be. Also, the default security preferences allow many people you have never met to know way too much about you. The majority of Facebook users do not possess the technical know-how to limit this release of information, which only takes a few clicks to change.
Another fundamental flaw of Facebook is its blatant exploitation of the users’ information, leading to incredible profits. Advertisers have the ability to focus their ads to characteristics including gender, age, city, interest, fan page, event, marital status, school, company, among others. This incredibly focused advertising is exactly what made Mark Zuckerberg the world’s youngest billionaire. On top of this, Facebook owns everything the users post.
The Diaspora project aims to create all the positive experiences users currently experience on Facebook, but with secure information and zero money exchange. As Diaspora’s creators convey, “you own your pictures, and you shouldn’t have to give that up, just to share them. In the next few months this network will be launched, and the superior site will end up on top. The only barrier is that everyone is already on Facebook; however, all it takes to join Diaspora is to set up an account. As we have seen in the past decade time and time again, the internet generation is very open to embracing new trends. Facebook is one of the great goliaths in this era, but it is soon to fall.
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