The big differentiator between diaspora and BuddyPress is that WP / BP is a centralized platforms. diaspora’s goal is to make distributed social networking the norm. We briefly had a discussion about this in this thread: https://buddypress.org/community/groups/creating-extending/forum/topic/alternative-to-facebook/
Just my 2 cents.
I’ve been following the noserub community for a while and found their concept amazing back in time when there were just a couple of OpenSource solutions to build a real social network. Unfortunately they failed both as the community and as the target audience. Diaspora seems the same thing to me, but who knows maybe one of them is lucky enough to cover the whole team dreams
I know this thing is on hype (make something to replace Facebook), but people forgot that Facebook is not just a social network, it’s a high technical framework that innovated such concepts like API, Application Platforms, scalability and come on, their are the most notable product that still uses PHP (to which they contributed back a lot). As a developer is a pleasure to work with their technologies, as a user it’s amazingly easy to use it.
My opinion is that the system is broken, not the Facebook. Facebook is just another product to fail into society’s racism/criticism. Go on, stop using facebook and keep using Google’s products, or Microsoft/Apple’s software products, lets see how long that will last.
BuddyPress will surely grow, there will be one day it will get features for distributed integration but until then, the community behind it matters, because they to become the future developers.
http://noserub.com/ Almost forgot the link.
WOW,?Diaspora has raised $169k, I feel sorry for the coders now under pressure .. but How does it relate to BP?
The first mistake they’re making is building it from the ground up.
The second mistake they’re making is writing the code in Ruby.
Here is the first Diaspora Video screencast. It might become competition to buddypress. ^^
@M why should choosing ruby as a programming language be a mistake?