Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Open Source Social Network Diaspora: OccupyOnline?
From: Sam Boyer
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 08:46:10 -0700

i was pretty excited about diaspora when it first popped up, but when
they actually launched it (from what i heard from other engineers i
trust) was rather underimpressive. and kinda riddled with bugs. maybe
it's improved, and we should certainly at least give it a shot, but
fwiw, i tend to see it as a "failed hope facebook killer" :(

On 10/18/11 8:40 AM, Mark Pruce wrote:
This is fresh off the top of my head, I haven't even used this yet but
Diaspora is an open source social networking site that is being released
slowly now and seems to be gaining some momentum. They have an entire
page explaining how anyone in the world can run Diaspora off their own
host and be their own 'pod' (their words). 

I thought this might have massive potential in creating a social
networking 'pod' devoted to the Occupy Movement worldwide - open source,
non-corporate, no ads, no ownership (i.e. Diaspora won't own the content
you post), created by four NYU nerds angry about Facebook's privacy
controls. They made a kickstarter to raise $10,000 and accidentally
raised $100,000 - oops.

I am a graphic designer and don't even understand half of the words in
the instructions on setting this up, but it seems - at the first glance
of a total novice - to be really promising. Does anyone want to look
into it further? See what potential it holds? Maybe even contact them
directly? They seem like the right kind of guys who are probably already
personal supporters of the movement (although I bet they rarely leave
their rooms). 

Instruction for hosting a pod:


Mark Pruce
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