I contributed some money to Diaspora*s Kickstarter effort, and have a foothold on that site (although I haven’t checked it in a while)…so I was happy to get a note today from them talking about many of the features they’ve added and plan to add.
I really thought Google+ was going to pull the rug out from under them, but thanks to the Nym Wars, Diaspora’s been able to differentiate their platform:
You can express yourself candidly, and be your authentic self. You can go by whatever name you like on Diaspora*. Pseudonyms are fine, and this both protects you (if you want to say something your boss or your parents disagree with) and opens the door to real connection.
And because your information is yours, not ours, you’ll have the ultimate power — the ability to move your profile and all your social data from one pod to another, without sacrificing your connection to the social web. Over time, this will bring an end to the indifferent, self-serving behavior that people can’t stand from the walled gardens that dominate social networking today. When you can vote with your feet for the environment where you feel safest, the big guys will have to shape up, or risk losing you.
You go, guys!