Diaspora (stylized DIASPORA*) is a free personal web server that implements a distributed social networking service. The project is currently under development by Dan Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Raphael Sofaer, and Ilya Zhitomirskiy, students at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
The group was inspired to create Diaspora by a February 5, 2010 speech from Columbia University law professor Eben Moglen to the Internet Society's New York Chapter, "Freedom in the Cloud", in which Moglen described centralized social networks as "spying for free." In a New York Times interview Salzberg said "When you give up that data, you’re giving it up forever ... The value they give us is negligible in the scale of what they are doing, and what we are giving up is all of our privacy."
The project was announced on April 24, 2010 on Kickstarter and reached its initial $10,000 fund-raising goal in 12 days. In the weeks that followed, it raised $200,641.84 from 6479 backers, making it the second most successful Kickstarter project to date.
Do you think that facebook will tremble with this new social service?