Will the real anti-Facebook please stand up?

Ready for yet another social network? Diaspora hopes to battle Google+ for your attention -- and your privacy.

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Existing social networks were all built for a particular moment in time.  When you use Facebook, you're using a network designed for users in 2003 that is essentially the same network it was back then.  The same applies for Google+, which in 2015 will look a lot like the network designed for users in 2011….

In contrast, Diaspora is not a traditional social network per se, but rather a social web, because it consists of a modular network of networks or social services that evolves as its constituent networks or services evolve.  …Thus, as a Diaspora user, you'll get a social web of services that will constantly evolve according to the services that are connected to it. …  This means that, in the near future, users will have access to a greater variety and a richer set of social experiences on Diaspora than what will be available on existing social networking sites.  

Also: Unlike G+, they don’t care what name you use or if you’re anonymous. So they got that going for them.

Can Diaspora displace Facebook -- or Google+, if it’s the dominant social net in three years’ time? It doesn’t seem likely. But then, stranger things have happened.

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