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Facebook Alternative Diaspora Launches in Beta

Irritated at Facebook’s less than popular privacy issues, a group of college students came up with the idea to create an opensource alternative to Facebook and were able to raise $200,000 for their startup instead of their initial projection of $10,000 from Kickstarter, the crowd sourced micro funding site.

Originally scheduled to launch in October, the long awaited Diaspora has finally launched in Alpha Beta and is sending out private invites. Diaspora’s main technology is something they call ‘aspects,’ which is a sort of grouping/listing of contacts so that they can be white-listed from certain lists (updates) as the user decides.

Do you think this will take any of Facebook’s market-share? What do you think of the ‘lists’ feature? Is it something you think might be useful for you?


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