Diaspora has already made waves on the Internet when it was unveiled for the first time on the Internet. But at that time, the Diaspora team only had philosophies about the Social Web. Born out of the ashes of the privacy debates on Facebook, Diaspora is your privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network. The Diaspora team recently announced that, they are releasing Diaspora on September 15, 2010!
Addressing a blog post to the Internet, the Diaspora team said that Diaspora is finally up and running and it will be open-sourced on September 15th, 2010 (Incidentally this happens to be date Facebook starts discontinuing Chat for Internet Explorer 6!).
Diaspora is a Ruby On Rails based Social network for the web that is cross platform and can be easily hosted on Mac, Windows, or Linux. The team also plans to provide a one-click hosting service like WordPress.com to make creating a social network using Diaspora a cakewalk. The Diaspora core is content agnostic and anybody will be able to write a plugin to extend Diaspora.
Here is some more information from the blog post:
We are spending a good chunk of time concentrating on building clear, contextual sharing. That means an intuitive way for users to decide, and not notice deciding, what content goes to their coworkers and what goes to their drinking buddies. We know that’s a hard UI problem and we take it seriously. The publicity and money that you have given us has let us work with great designers like Janice Frasier, through her new program LUXr, whose constant reminders that we are not the user have kept us honest and focused. Pivotal Labs has also helped us prioritize, and we have pushed back more technical features like plugins and APIs in favor of simple and high value features. Our original goals remain the same, and these features are still in our timeline.
They also mentioned that Diaspora development work is not going to stop after the first release. Two of the team members, Ilya and Raphael are taking leave from NYU to continue to develop and maintain Diaspora as a long term project.