Liz Gannes

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Diaspora Founders Distance Themselves From Project, Turn It Over to Users

You could see this one coming: The remaining Diaspora co-founders, who are now working on remixing community site Makr.io, are pushing off from their open source social network, which initially aspired to be a privacy-conscious Facebook killer.

Shark Week on Makr.io

They said today they “are giving control of Diaspora to the community.”

While some might see today’s announcement as abandoning the project, Diaspora co-founder Maxwell Salzberg does not. He compared the move to other successful open source projects, like WordPress.

“This is where we were headed since day one,” Salzberg wrote in an emailed comment. “The time was right and the maturity of the project is at a point where [turning over Diaspora to the community is] going to be something that makes it sustainable into the future.”


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