Just got an email invitation to join Diaspora and what better time to accept the invitation than on the first day of the year. For those who do not know; Diaspora is a social networking site that is a non-profit, user-owned, distributed social network that is based upon the free Diaspora software.
The project was founded in 2010 by four students at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Dan Grippi, Max Salzberg and Raphael Sofaer.
The service is still in Alpha phase, so I’m expecting a lot of downtime and problem when using the service. At first look the UI looks clean and it looks like a cross between the Google+ and Facebook UI, it also has the features that can be found on both Facebook and Google+, like Stream, Aspect (Diaspora’s version of G+ circles), and the Privacy Control looks alot like the one on Facebook. Here you can also use pseudonyms which is not allowed on Facebook and G+, so here I’ll be known as Teknisyan (my twitter handle).
You can also connect your Diaspora account to your Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter account, I assume this was created so that we can bring our twitter and facebook friends on Diaspora. I’ll be checking out what Diaspora has to offer that G+ an FB cannot, so be sure to be back for that.
Anyway, Diaspora is still invitation-only, so you need someone to invite you to create a Diaspora account and since it’s the first day of the year, I’ll be more than happy to send you an email invites, just leave a comment and wait for the invite.