The consumer-ready alpha is still a few weeks away, but today Diaspora released the developer code as promised. Be patient, though--looks like joindiaspora.com is a little slammed. Skip over to GitHub if you want the code.
And even if you're not a developer, you can see the first screenshots. You might notice it looks familiar, if you're not one of the (handful of) people who quit Facebook back in the beginning of the summer.
Diaspora as it is available today includes:
- Sharing status messages
- Friending people
- Uploading photos to albums
All still sounds familiar. They also mention that all traffic is signed and encrypted (except photos, for now). The part that isn't as familiar--the part that gives us openness in our social networking, are the features they list as in progress for the October alpha release. Facebook integration, internationalization, and data portability.
If you download the code now, check it out and let us know what you think.