Developers who want to tinker around with the “open” alternative to Facebook can now do so. Yesterday, the Diaspora team released the project’s source code so that other people can comment and provide their expertise.
Let’s first cover some general information. Diaspora was created in response to Facebook’s privacy problems, and is supposed to provide users with a social network where they can be in control of their information.
Another tidbit: four people are the main force behind it, although the project’s received help from all sorts of supporters (including, oddly enough, Mark Zuckerberg).
As for what developers should know, the Diaspora team’s next set of goals relate to Facebook integration, internalization, and data portability.
Also, a post on the Diaspora Blog stated, “Developers, our code is on github, our tracker is public, we have a developer mailing list, and we are happily accepting patches.”
It should be very interesting to see how this project turns out.