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I've managed to get an invite for the real Diaspora (last time I thought I had one it was just someone's installation which they kind of stopped maintaining after it got popular). There's pretty much nothing there at the moment, as far as I can tell. I mean, I understand there's quite a lot of development going on, but there's very little that's user-facing and very little activity. A year after their launch, they're barely on the radar even for geeks, so I'm entirely skeptical about the "Facebook killer" buzz that was going around when it first launched. I am holding out a vague hope that it's going to get off the ground as a by-geeks-for-geeks open source social networking system that doesn't lock you in to a single provider and doesn't assume that anyone who's "honest" would be happy to share exactly the same information with business contacts and intimate friends. But even that isn't looking so likely any more.

Anyway, I have a few invites of my own now, so if you're curious, comment with an email address and you're welcome to join in. Not that there's much to join at the moment! Comments are screened by default; I'll unscreen if you have general comments and don't include an email address.

Also, if anyone has any suggestions for an image which represents me in some way, and looks equally good (or at least not awful!) at 300 x 300 or 50 x 50, please do clue me in.

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Date: 2011-06-06 10:12 pm (UTC)
invisionary: "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.  When I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist." (Default)
From: [personal profile] invisionary
Wow, I'd forgotten Diaspora even existed! Such is the nature of Facebook, the brand recognition is so pervasive that the massive fail that led to Diaspora being thought of as an alternative was forgotten in a month or less.

I have an actual account there and invites too, if anyone you know needs.

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Date: 2011-06-07 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] dsgood
I'm on via; I'm dsgood. And you are?

Agreed that Diaspora doesn't look like it's going to really take off.

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Date: 2011-06-07 11:46 am (UTC)
invisionary: "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.  When I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist." (Default)
From: [personal profile] invisionary
It reminds me a little of when there was a mass exodus of Digg users over to Reddit. In many ways both sites are doing the same thing, aggregating links of interest with some sort of voting mechanism, but Reddit was already well established and prepared when Digg's latest site redesign blew up in their faces to the point of unusable for anyone except their power users, the people who had cabals to bump their stories to the front page. Suddenly without regular users things got a lot less fun. They've recovered somewhat but where people used to say Digg was the standard, they now usually say it's Reddit.

Before Diaspora (or any other web service) could be a serious contender to challenge Facebook they need to be established in their own right and I don't think that Diaspora has the social vision to do it, as much as I wish they could.


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