Everyone complains about Facebook constantly. They claim to want an alternative service. Yet when it is pointed out that such a service has existed since 2010 they don’t move to it. That Facebook alternative is diaspora*.
It would seem rather than trying a new service – Facebook users would rather stay put and complain. It doesn’t help that no celebrities or other “influencers” have guided them to diaspora*.
diaspora* can be a bit confusing to first time users. Maybe those who try it think it is to much like Twitter. The pods concept is probably very confusing. Pods are actually what make diaspora* different and most interesting. Anyone with a webhost / server and technical skills can host their own pod. This means anyone can run their own Facebook alternative. You can have this open to public or keep it completely private.
Medical Cannabis advocates and other legitimate non violent or controversial groups have been shutdown by Facebook over the years. Yet once again when it is pointed out to them they can run their own social media server – they try to stay on Facebook and complain like everyone else. You would think having a private server that doesn’t track users would be of great interest to them.
diaspora* is Open Source – which means it’s free to use and you can contribute to the code that runs it. No one person or corporation controls this service.
The diapora* Project The online social world where you are in control
diaspora* is based on three key philosophies: Decentralization, Freedom and Privacy
diaspora* currently supports cross-posting to your Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress accounts, with more to come.
Diaspora is a nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network that is based upon the free Diaspora software.
Diaspora is a free personal web server that implements a distributed social networking service
This article makes no mention of diaspora* as a social media option.
But heavily promotes WordPress.