The Making of Diaspora

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The Making of Diaspora
Dudes in Black: Last June, Rafael Sofaer, Maxwell Salzberg, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, and Daniel Grippi (clockwise from top) moved to San Francisco to create the social Web platform Diaspora.
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This is part of IEEE Spectrum’s special report on the battle for the future of the social Web.

The Diaspora guys, four college kids turned chief engineers of the most-talked-about social networking start-up this year, get a lot of friend requests. Sometimes fans just show up at their office, uninvited, and ask to work with them. Every now and then, someone recognizes them in public, which freaks them out. On the day they moved into their current office in San Francisco, a commuter stopped them on the subway and commanded, “Go get ‘em, guys! Kill Facebook!”

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