Pointer to Diaspora – Germinating a New Social Web | Verses and Discussion from R. Brockey

Diaspora* is still in alpha, so explanation by @ryan_blockey is helpful.

Pointer to Diaspora – Germinating a New Social Web | Verses and Discussion from R. Brockey.

To begin, let’s look briefly at how Diaspora works.  The platform is focused on giving users ownership of their data.  Your data, including your profile, your posts and pictures, extensions and applications you’ve connected to D*, are all your seed.  Your seed is located in a pod, which is just a server.  So far this is all just like Facebook or Google+.  The difference is that there are many pods within Diaspora.  You can host your own, in fact.  Or you can just create a seed on a friend’s server-pod.  Or there are public pods you can join.

It’s actually quite similar to the way WordPress works.  My blog is hosted on WordPress.com.  Other people use the WordPress platform, but they host their blog on their own servers or they pay for hosting on someone else’s servers.  Your Diaspora seed is your personal social space on the web and you can keep that information wherever you want.

So that is how Diaspora is built and implemented, but how does it work in the larger scheme of the web?  Diaspora is eagerly integrating other social networks.  You can already post to Facebook and Twitter from your D* page.  Your contacts on D* are organized into Aspects, which are more functional versions of G+’s Circles.  This extra functionality allows you to make Aspects public and you can even follow someone else’s Aspects.  Or you can keep them private.  D* has also implemented hashtags, à la Twitter.  But users can follow hashtags just like people and be part of a conversation across all of Diaspora.

One of the major advantages of Diaspora is that users control and own their data.


David Ing blogs at http://coevolving.com , photoblogs at http://daviding.com , and microblogs at https://ingbrief.wordpress.com . See .

Posted in status

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Beyond this microblog
This content is syndicated to Twitter. For professional perspectives, look to Coevolving Innovations; for a photoblog, look to Reflections, Distractions.
  • 2017/03 Moments March 2017
    Toronto, Ontario; Santa Clara, California; Milpitas, California; San Jose, California; Oakland, California; Hayward, California; Mountain View, California; Palo Alto, California; San Francisco, California; Mountain View, California; Half Moon Bay, California, Pescadero, California; Santa Cruz, California; Tokyo, Japan
  • 2017/02 Moments February 2017
    Toronto, Ontario; Mississauga, Ontario; London, Ontario
  • 2017/01 Moments January 2017
    Toronto, Ontario. (A whole month without leaving town, since Don Mills and Scarborough are Metropolitan Toronto)
  • 2016/12 Moments December 2016
    Helsinki; Finland; London, England; Dublin, Ireland; Toronto, Ontario; Fairfield, Iowa
  • 2016/11 Moments November 2016
    Markham, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; Scarborough, Ontario; London, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Brussels, Belgium; Woluwe Saint Pierre, Belgium; Amersfoort, Netherlands; Hameenlinna, Finland
  • 2016/10 Moments October 2016
    Toronto, Ontario; Richmond Hill, Ontario; Don Mills, Ontario; San Francisco, California; Oakland, California; Berkeley, California; San Jose, California; Mountain View, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Gatos, California
I welcome your e-mail. If you don't have my address, here's a contact page.
%d bloggers like this: