Remember when Google+ stole Diaspora’s thunder? Well there’s still something the indie social network’s got that Google ain’t. Diaspora recently broke its silence is sending out alpha invitations through October and has been sending alpha users long, high-minded emails about privacy on the web and freedom of data that often contain sly or outright references to Facebook. Last night’s email linked to an article on Inc.com called “Facebook is the most hated social media company.”
The “Circles” feature on Google+ is very similar to Diaspora’s “Aspects,” so Diaspora is now emphasizing other features of its service–the fact that it’s distributed, gives you ownership and total control over your own data, and use Diaspora as a home base for posts to Twitter and Tumblr.
But they seem to be putting the strongest emphasis on pseudonymity, which Google+ policy strictly prohibits.
You can go by whatever name you like on Diaspora*. Pseudonyms are fine, and this both protects you (if you want to say something your boss or your parents disagree with) and opens the door to real connection.
All well and good, but Diaspora has taken more than twice as long as expected to get the service to a usable MVP. Even now it hasn’t sent out all its alpha invites.The process to set up your own server–supposedly one of Diaspora’s main draws–is reportedly atrocious and difficult. Diaspora should get everyone at least using a working product before it rhetorically goes after its competitors.