November 15, 2011
Social Network Diaspora Loses A Founder
Diaspora open source social networking site lost one of its founders over the weekend. Ilya Zhitomirskiy, a 22 year-old student from NYU apparently committed suicide in his San Francisco home, but the details have not been released by the San Francisco Medical Examiner´s office.
Peter Schurman told USA Today, “Ilya was a great guy. He was a visionary, he was a co-founder of a company that hopes to bring a better social networking experience. We are all very sad that he is gone. It is a huge loss for all of us, including his family.”Diaspora was started as an anti-Facebook where users could share without giving up control of their identities or personal information. In a video released on Vimeo, Zhitomirskiy said, “No longer will you be at the whims of those large corporate networks who want to tell you that sharing and privacy are mutually exclusive.”
According to CNN Money, Diaspora was raising cash through the micro-funding site Kickstarter in order to expand the project. They surpassed their $10,000 goal in 12 days and raised a total of $200,000 from 6,500 donors in 39 days, including Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook. But lately their buzz has faded and they have been pleading for cash on their blog post.
But, Zhitomirskiy´s goal was not for Diaspora to make money but instead to provide an “open platform” for users. According to Zhitomirskiy, “There´s something deeper than making money off stuff. Being a part of creating stuff for the universe is awesome.”
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