Diaspora* -- seeds of a Facebook competitor?
Four nerds have big hopes of creating a more privacy friendly Web application as an alternative to Facebook. They're calling it Diaspora*.
They wanted to raise $10,000 by June 1, to fund their start-up efforts through the summer. Guess what? Thanks to the power of the Web (and a New York Times article) -- they've raised more than $131,000.
Watch their pitch video here:
Their efforts received a huge boost with this profile of their efforts in the New York Times this week. Their goal is to "decentralize" the Web by building an "open source personal web server that will put users in charge of their own data."
Basically, they raised money to support their efforts by making a plea essentially on the open Web. And people responded by donating their dollars. The NYT article surmises that people are getting tired of the privacy issues that keep cropping up between Facebook and their millions of users -- so they're looking to support another platform. Even if it hasn't even been built yet.
Ahhh, the power of the Web....
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