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What Went Wrong With Diaspora?

The project isn't dead and it's not completely inconceivable it could have some success (Mozilla did after a very bumpy start) but clearly Diaspora hasn't achieved any of the things it set out to do.

This article covers what went wrong in detail. Both from a business and technical standpoint (P2P social networking is extraordinarily complex).

It also touches on the unhealthy myths that have built up in Silicon Valley about innovators and success. Fascinating stuff.

Do any of you have a Diaspora account and if so, do you use it?

http://motherboard.vice.com/2012/10/2/what-happened-to-the-facebook-killer-it-s-complicated
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I have an account.  I haven't looked at it in months.
 
I have an account. I haven't posted in over a year. I invited a few friends back when it launched. They accepted, but never posted anything.

Sure sounds dead to me.
 
I think one of the reasons it didn't get very far off the ground, is because Google addressed some of the "nymwars" issues (not all, certainly) and managed to calm down the furor, so its utility as an alternative to G+ was reduced.
 
The nymwars were really never as big an issue a they seemed to be. Like most social media upsets it was a small number of very active people posting a lot on the subject.
 
I don't think I ever logged in after I got beta access...
 
My opinion on Nymwars has hardly been a secret.
 
I logged in to Diaspora early in the beta, got deluged with more caturday posts than you could shake a stick at, and promptly logged off. Unbelievable waste of time.
 
Have an account and like others, forgot all about it.  It seemed cool but nothing happened that drew me in and it was just easy to forget it was there.
 
The network effect is a strong one. If you can't find enough people with similar interests to your own, the technology is just not going to capture your attention.

And honestly I don't think the own your own data issue is that important to most people, no matter how many articles are written about it.
 
+Eoghann Irving Yeah, I think you're right.  It FEELS important for a few minutes, but we are (I think) so unaccustomed of thinking about information/data as a commodity apart from any physical media that it just doesn't make an impression on the majority of people.  I still get  into somewhat heated discussions with people about "What is a book?" because the division between the media and the content is a rather alien concept.  We conflate owning the media/carrier with owning the information/content it contains.
 
I still have an account and generally mirror what I post here on there.

My excuse is I lurve me some Ruby on Rails.
 
Running a server is expensive and complicated, at least in Australia where you don't get unlimited data on your internet.
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