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Diaspora is a user-owned, non-profit, distributed social network.


Diaspora is a decentralized social network, consisting of many individual servers called ‘pods’. The platform allows users to download all their images and text that have been uploaded at any time. To get started on Diaspora, users must find a pod that suits them. Smaller pods allow cross-posting to external services (such as Twitter), Users can find a pod situated near them, or one based in a country that  has good data security policies.  

Diaspora enables users to host pods and have some system administrator skills. Then they can create a profile with as much information as they choose to provide. Plus, users can join conversations by following the hashtags that interest them. The word Diaspora has a Greek origin that refers to a scattered or dispersed population.

The three key ideologies that Diaspora operates on are decentralization, freedom, and privacy. As a decentralized platform,  it exists on independent run servers("pods") all over the world and nobody’s data is held on huge central servers owned by large organizations. Diaspora gives their users freedom to be who they want to be. They do not even have to upload their real identity. As for privacy,  messages are not checked  by anyone except the user allows it. Users have full control of their content. 

Diaspora was created to give users that confidentiality, ensuring that users’ messages and chats are not seen by any prying eyes.  Diaspora is launched with the aim of creating a decentralized social networking alternative to Facebook, although it has now become a community project.

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Diaspora intends to address privacy concerns related to centralized social networks. It solves privacy issues by ensuring that everyone's data is not being held by central servers owned by large organizations. It exists independently on run servers (pods) all over the world. It also prevents user's information from being hacked or lost. Since it is independent, it prevents the information from being seen by prying eyes.

Diaspora users do not sign off their ownership rights.This means that Diaspora users get to keep their ownership right. Diaspora gives users complete ownership and control over their personal information including their identity, posts or photos.

Diaspora is not controlled by one entity. It consists of a group of independently owned nodes which work reliably with another system to form the network. Most social networks are controlled by centralized servers and run by a corporation. This makes it easy to hack and  the information can get lost.  Also, if there were a problem with the central servers it would cause the network to perform slowly. This is not the case with Diaspora, as no single entity can claim ownership to it.

Diaspora allows the use of pseudonyms. It allows users to enjoy their freedom by using fictitious names. Users decide how much information they want to share depending on how they choose  to interact with people. With Diaspora, they can be truly anonymous.

Diaspora posts can include hashtags and mentions. With use of mention, users can alert their contact to something they’ve learned.Hashtags is also a great way to meet like-minded people in the Diaspora community. 

Diaspora allows users to set restrictions to their posts. They decide who sees their post. In Diaspora, users can be public or private. If the post is designated as 'limited', it means that posts may only be read by people assigned to one of the groups

Diaspora supports embedding of media from YouTube. This allows other people to re-publish a user's work on their website, channel or blog. Thus, helping the user to gain exposure. 

Diaspora acts as a social aggregator as is allows users to import posts easily from Facebook, pre-2018 Tumblr and Twitter. These features lower the barriers that users face when joining the network as more friends from those platforms join, users don’t need to go back to Facebook to continue the communication. Now, messages can be direct and secure without passing through Facebook servers at all.

Diaspora is a free network that gives liberty. It gives users the freedom to be whoever they choose to be while ensuring confidentiality of their messages. Also, independently owned nodes enable users to set up and run their own social network and connect their network to  the larger Diaspora ecosystem.

Diaspora content is licensed under the terms of GNU-AGPL-3.0. Its development is managed by the Diaspora foundation, which is part of the Free Software Support Network (FSSSN). This platform serves as Diaspora’s umbrella organization for support, development, branding management, finances and legal assets.

Diaspora allows users to choose their audience. Users get to share their content with just their selected audience. They can be as public, or as private as they like.

Diaspora helps users to saves data. Besides using data to connect and share with others, the platform allows users to own their data.

Diaspora has a community of volunteers. The project is run by a community of Volunteers. Everyone involved contributes on behalf of the community.

Diaspora provides freedom. Users can be anything they want to be on the platform. Moreover, Diaspora is also free of charge and it gives users liberty over their usage of the platform.


The Diaspora is a nonprofit distributed social network. It consists of  independently owned nodes, which means it is not owned by one person but by multiple users. The users benefit a lot from Diaspora. It enables them to chat securely and secretly without the prying eyes of anyone. It encourages freedom for anyone to be who they choose to be, the users do not need too much information about themselves if they don't want to. Diaspora says that its users are in control of their data and whatever they do on the platform.