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Open Facebook Alternatives Gain Momentum, $115K

May 14, 2010, 13:32 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Singel)

"When Wired.com called for an open alternative to Facebook last Friday, lamenting the company's untrammeled desire to control your online identity and reconfigure the world's privacy norms, reader response was overwhelming, with hundreds of comments and ironically, thousands of "Like" votes on Facebook.

"Now, a group of four New York University students — who were working on just what we called for — have harnessed that dissatisfaction in the form of more than $115,000 in crowdsourced funding for their distributed, social networking system called Diaspora. That's the equivalent of a significant angel round of funding in the internet startup world, and their fundraising on the Kickstarter crowdsourced funding site has another 19 days to go.

"It's also an impressive for a project proposal from four students who say they aren't going to start coding until they graduate from college this summer. And a testament to how strongly that a growing number of people want an alternative to a centralized and dominant social networking site."

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