Facebook Rival Diaspora Offers Peek at New Site
Creators release code for developers, put emphasis on privacy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2010 5:32 AM CDT
A sample screenshot released by Diaspora.   (Diaspora)

(Newser) – Developers have been given a preview of a site that aims to be a privacy-conscious rival to Facebook. The team behind open-source social networking project Diaspora have released the project's source code. "This is now a community project and development is open to anyone with the technical expertise who shares the vision of a social network that puts users in control," the Diaspora team wrote.

The team, which plans to have the project up and running by next month, says it is working on Facebook integration and ways to ensure users stay in control of their data, the BBC reports. The preview version looks a lot like Facebook, "but no matter what Diaspora looks like now, the point is to have many different versions hosted all over the place," MG Siegler notes at TechCrunch. "Some will look different than others—so it make sense to have a simple, clean base to build off of." For earlier Facebook stories, click here.