A Diaspora* experiment

December 14, 2010
By Bogomil Shopov
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What is Diaspora?
Diaspora (stylized DIASPORA*) is a free personal (or groupware) web server that implements a distributed social networking service. The developers aim for it to be a decentralized alternative to social network services like Facebook.

I have 2 Diaspora accounts to test the service and I found some troubles that stops me at the moment to move to this project. This is a normal behavior, because the project’s status is still alpha.

Problems:
1. All POD’s should have the same version of the software and the same settings. I can add my @diasp.eu acount from my @joindiaspora.com install, but I can’t see my profile information. Something on protocol level is different or wrong. At the same time I can’t add my @joindiaspora.com account from my @diasp.eu POD.
2. I am getting a lot of Error 500 notifications. My friends using the same server don’t
3. Time zone problem is still on the table. Different servers are working on different times and …

Try it?
If you want to give it a try, please create an account here.

Bogomil Shopov

I care about privacy, ethical design, and freedom in many aspects. I spend 20+ years working as a web developer and architect, analyst, manager, and product owner/manager in different environments, several countries, and multiple software industries like Healthcare and Hospitality. I wore many hats, and I use the knowledge gathered to optimize the flow of value across complex systems.

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