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Developer(s) Diaspora, Inc.
Initial release October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07) ([1]
Stable release  (July 9, 2023; 9 months ago (2023-07-09))

Preview release none [±]
Written in Ruby
Operating system Cross-platform via Ruby on Rails
Type Social networking software
License(s) GNU Affero General Public License v3.0; MIT
Website JoinDiaspora.org

Diaspora or DIASPORA* is free open-source social media networking software which implements a distributed social networking service to reduce the amount of direct communication — and thus, in theory, provide greater privacy — through social media websites.

Product history

The Diaspora project was initially started on June 1, 2010 through a Kickstarter funding effort that raised over $200,000.[2][3] On November 23, a redesigned website was published in preparation for the alpha release, with the old site still available as a blog section.[4]

A beta release of the software was originally scheduled for November 2011, but it was postponed due to the need to add new design features as well as the death of one of its founders, Ilya Zhitomirskiy.[5] In February 2012 the developers indicated that they had completed work on the software back-end to improve both pod up time and website response time. The next phase of work involved changes to the user interface and its associated terminology to reflect the way users are actually interacting, as the software moves towards beta status, anticipated for later on in 2012.[6]

In June 2012 the development team was scheduled to move to Mountain View, California as part of work with startup accelerator Y Combinator.[5] However, in August the founders of Diaspora surprised many by announcing they would let the community take over governance of the project, while they would go on to take a diminished role.[7][8]

In October 2012, the project made its first stable open-source community release as version, in accordance with the semantic versioning scheme, dropping all references to the alpha and beta branding it had previously used.[1]


The features of Diaspora include[9]:

  • Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr integration
  • hashtag support
  • resharing
  • mentions
  • aspects (groups)
  • bookmark sharing
  • photo and video sharing

Hardware/software requirements

There are numerous installation guides for Diaspora based up on server host and platform. Choose your host service or OS for more details on installation requirements.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • Documentation for Diaspora can be found on GitHub.

Entities using Diaspora

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tilley, Sean (7 October 2012). "Diaspora Released!". Diaspora, Inc. http://devblog.joindiaspora.com/2012/10/07/diaspora-0-0-1-0-released/. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  2. Salzberg, Maxwell; Grippi, Daniel; Sofaer, Raphael; Zhitomirskiy, Ilya. "Decentralize the web with Diaspora — Kickstarter". Kickstarter. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/196017994/diaspora-the-personally-controlled-do-it-all-distr. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. Dwyer, Jim (11 May 2010). "Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook". The New York Times Company. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/nyregion/12about.html. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  4. "Private Alpha Invites Going Out Today". Diaspora, Inc. 10 December 2010. http://blog.joindiaspora.com/2010/11/23/private-alpha-released.html. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Weise, Karen (10 May 2012). "On Diaspora's Social Network, You Own Your Data". Bloomberg Businessweek. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-10/on-diasporas-social-network-you-own-your-data. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  6. "DIASPORA* grows up". Diaspora, Inc. 3 February 2012. http://blog.diasporafoundation.org/2012/02/03/diaspora-grows-up.html. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  7. L., Julien (28 August 2012). "Les créateurs de Diaspora confient les rênes à la communauté". Numerama. http://www.numerama.com/magazine/23532-les-createurs-de-diaspora-confient-les-renes-a-la-communaute.html. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  8. "Announcement: Diaspora* Will Now Be A Community Project". Diaspora, Inc. 27 August 2012. http://blog.diasporafoundation.org/2012/08/27/announcement-diaspora-will-now-be-a-community-project.html. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  9. "The Diaspora* Project". Diaspora, Inc. http://diasporaproject.org/. Retrieved 18 December 2012.