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Social media; Free computer software


joindiaspora.org is a "pod" on the federated diaspora* network. diaspora* was founded in 2010 by four students at New York University who were inspired by Eben Moglen to build a decentralized social network that respects user privacy. Not long after the four students started making diaspora*, it was labeled the "Facebook killer" by various news outlets. While diaspora* has not "killed" Facebook, it continues to grow and is installed on over 100 pods worldwide. Some of these pods have even appeared as Tor hidden services.


Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Dan Grippi, Max Salzberg, and Raphael Sofaer




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Items in the diaspora* Collection

diaspora* | Activity
This page shows the users activity on the site. On this page, users can post comments, invite friends, welcome new users, ask for help, bookmark to diaspora*, and donate. The page shows the user's avatar and user name.

diaspora* | Contacts
This is the contact page for diaspora*. On this page, the user can access their contacts. Contacts can be organized and sorted by all contacts, my contacts, family, friends, work, acquaintances, and a user even add own categories of contacts. The…

diaspora* | Conversations
On this page, users can have conversations with other members through messages. When a message is received it is noted in the inbox. Additionally, a user can start a new conversation with other members. Each message shows when it was sent.

diaspora* | Help
This is the diaspora* help page. On this page, users can find basic getting started help, as well as help on various other topics. If users questions are not answered on this page, there are a variety of other links to look for help, which include…

diaspora* | Home
This is diaspora*s homepage. The page highlights that it is a community-run, distributed social network. There is a strong focus in the middle of the page that it has gone non-profit and it is hoping individuals will support. Towards the bottom of…

diaspora* | Login
This is the login page of diaspora*. Users must enter their name and password to sign in. There is a function to use if you have forgotten your password.

diaspora* | Photos
This is part of diaspora*s profile page. On this page, the users name, hashtags, bio and location are available (if they have included that info). This page also shows the photos that they have uploaded to the site. You can also link to their posts…

diaspora* | Privacy
This is the privacy settings page for diaspora*. Users can change their privacy settings. A recommended setting is provided, but can be changed by the user. Additionally, it lists if a user has chosen to ignore other users. You can also link to your…

diaspora* | Posts
The diaspora* posts page is part of the user profile. The page shows the users bio, location, hashtags, and email. From this page, a user can start a conversation through a post, as well as see her/his lists of previous posts with their likes and…

diaspora* | Services
This page is part of the Settings page. This page allows users to connect with their other social media services such as Twitter or Tumblr. Users can choose to whether or not to connect with them. If they choose to, what they write in diaspora* will…

diaspora* | Stream
This page is the activity stream for diaspora*. This page lists the current posts and comments. It also gives the user the opportunity to comment on other posts. From this page you can also invite your friends, get help, donate and bookmark…

diaspora* | Tags
On this page, you can see the individuals who are using/following a specific hashtag, in this case it is #socialmedia. From this page, you can post information relevant to this hashtag and those who follow it, will be able to see your post.

diaspora* | Register
This is the registration page of diaspora*. New users can create an account by entering their email and creating a user name and password