"Hundreds of millions of us use Facebook every day, but
that doesn't mean we like it. We like being able to connect with
our friends; it's the hoops we have to jump through to keep our
privacy on Facebook that's a pain in the neck. Diaspora, a
homegrown, open-source project, is trying to answer that need with
a social network that combines Facebook's features with the users,
instead of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in charge.
"Diaspora got lots of fans when its student developers announced
their plans this spring, but until now, Diaspora has had little to
show. Today, Sept. 16, that changed. Diaspora is now available as a
developers' source code release."