I’m pleased to announce today something never expected when Daniel, Ilya, Raphael and I started this Kickstarter Campaign in April 2010.
Today, Diaspora is joining the Free Software Support Network.
From their website: “The Free Software Support Network (FSSN) provides fiscal sponsorship, administrative and governance services to selected free software projects.” The FSSN is a sister group to Eben Moglen’s Software Freedom Law Center, which was a huge inspiration for us to start Diaspora in the first place. The FSSN will provide a non-profit home for Diaspora and it’s community for the future. It provides our community a way to operate as a non-profit organization, but let Diasporans keep building the project as a consensus driven community platform as it has been for the last year.
Today is also the one year anniversary of Diaspora community project. We knew that if Diaspora was going to grow and thrive into the future, giving the community the final say in Diaspora’s development would be a necessary step. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t something we were nervous about at the time. It is common to see open source projects sputter out and fail after the founders step away.
I’m proud to say my fears were unfounded. The Diaspora community has done an amazing job picking up the reins and continually improving Diaspora. They have established a fantastic community consensus decision making process, created multiple stable releases, and completely revamped our forward facing site. Our partnership with FSSN is a deserving home for the code and amazing Diaspora community that your support on Kickstarter made possible over three years ago.
On a personal note, I want to thank you all for making the last three years the most meaningful of my life. In the best and worst of times, I continue to be humbled and inspired that, when faced with so many reasons to be cynical, people can come together and support four coders with a crazy idea to make the world a better place. I’m confident that our community will continue to guide Diaspora as successful project within FSSN for many years to come. It is my hope that the story of Diaspora inspires other hackers to not be afraid to try and solve hard problems and ask for help to get started.
If you’d like the support the Diaspora community going forward, you can make a 100% tax-deductible donation to the FSSN here, which will be used to further the mission of the Diaspora project into the future.
Join a diaspora pod: http://podupti.me/
Run your own: https://wiki.diasporafoundation.org/Installation
See our code: https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora
See our community annoucement: https://blog.diasporafoundation.org/1-diaspora-celebrates-one-year-as-a-community-project
PS. I realize it has been awhile since our last update. Since we were one of the first Kickstarter successes, there wasn’t much information about best practices. Around December 2010, after we were finished shipping out the rewards for the project, we thought to ourselves, “We have a nice mailing list, two blogs, an active GitHub project… we’ve grown so much than just our Kickstarter… surely our Backers will keep track of us there.” We were wrong. For all of you aspiring Kickstarter successes, learn from our mistake and always update your Kickstarter updates, even if you have two blogs and do **all** of your work in a public place :)