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Fully Funded!  Diaspora will be an open source personal web server to protect and share all of your stuff online.
Fully Funded!  Diaspora will be an open source personal web server to protect and share all of your stuff online.
Fully Funded! Diaspora will be an open source personal web server to protect and share all of your stuff online.
6,479 backers pledged $200,641 to help bring this project to life.

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The Best Reward of All.

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.

Humbly yours,


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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 :)

Quick Note On Alpha Invites

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Hi Everyone,

We wanted to let everyone know how the alpha invites are working.

After some thinking before we started sending invites out, we decided that it would be more useful for everyone if we gave out invites at a slower rate, but gave more invites to those invited. If we gave one give one invite to all 6,479 backers the first day, that would not be helpful for anyone. We wouldn't be able to see how people were really using Diaspora, and people would not be able to have their real friends on the site.

Instead, we started giving ten invites to a smaller number of backers, and increasing that number as we can handle it. After all, a social network is only fun if you can talk to your friends.

We are working as fast as we can to get invites out to our backers, and rest assured we are not sending invites to people who did not back us before people that did not. If you did see someone who is on before a backer, we did not send them the invite, one of their friends (who was a backer) did.

Maxwell, Daniel, Ilya, and Raphael

Alpha Invites Coming

Hello backers,

Yesterday we started sending out invites for our Alpha server at We are slowly inviting people, starting with the 6500ish of all of you. We are taking baby steps in this process, fixing problems as they crop up. This is going to help us solve problems we could have never anticipated. It may take awhile for them to get to all of you. Rest assured, they are coming.

Also, people started receiving their backer rewards in the mail (just check Twitter for proof!) If you for some reason think you did not get the survey, please email us at and we will make it right. If you are getting a 404 error, it probably means you already completed the backer survey. Unfortunately, we can not re send surveys, as this is not something we have access to.

These are exciting times for all of us!

Thanks for supporting Diaspora,


Backer Rewards

Hey Everyone,

Good news. Last week, we sent out all of the orders for the tee shirts, stickers and CDs to the fulfillment company to get shipped out. Hopefully they will get to you all soon. For those of you who submitted your backer survey* slightly after the September 17th deadline, we will try our best to get them out to you in as soon as we can.


Maxwell, Raphael, Ilya and Daniel

* You would have gotten a backer survey if you requested rewards when you pledged. If you don't remember getting a survey, check your spam folder.

Diaspora Source Code Released!

Here is our announcement on our blog:

Want to talk more about Diaspora with your fellow backers?

Diaspora Discuss group:

Diaspora Developer group:

Remember, the user facing alpha should be dropping in October.

Happy Hacking,

Maxwell, Daniel, Ilya, and Raphael