Facebook Alternative Raises $115K in Donations

Public hungry for more private options
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2010 8:57 AM CDT
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a keynote address at a conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Newser) – How unhappy are people with Facebook's latest privacy infractions? So unhappy that four NYU students have raised $115,000 in 19 days for Diaspora, their non-profit alternative, even though they haven't written a single line of code yet. “That's the equivalent of a significant angel round of funding in the Internet startup world,” notes an impressed Wired.

Other alternatives are also popping up, like OneSocialWeb, a set of social networking apps you can host on any server, and Appleseed, which lets you friend users on other sites. But Diaspora has an advantage: It works with your existing Facebook account, but if it notices that the person you're communicating with is also on Diaspora, it sends the message using a peer-to-peer encrypted protocol. “This is the crucial way out of the walled garden,” says the students' adviser.

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