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Google Just Stole Diaspora’s Thunder


There was a great New York tech moment back in 2010, when one of Facebook’s many privacy backlashes allowed a group of hackers from NYU to raise more than $200,000 on Kickstarter to build an open, distributed social network.

At the time Diaspora’s plan to build a platform where users could control their own data, and take it with them if they wanted to leave, was unique and appealing in contrast to Facebook.

Now Google+, which has massive resources and a built in user base of hundreds of millions is offering the same thing via Google+ checkout.

And as John Henshaw points out over at the Raven Blog, Google+’s main features, Circles, looks very similar to Diaspora’s central feature, Aspects. Both are aimed at making it easier to manage private and public sharing of social data. Read More