Either these guys are really that geeky or they’re really good at acting geeky .. Anyway they come across as a likeable bunch. I agree with the points they make and think their project is both exciting and hugely needed. Diaspora purports to be an Open Source alternative to Facebook. It does not lay claim to members’ content the way FB does and, being open source, anyone with the ability to do so can contribute to its development. I’ve signed up on one of the Diaspora ‘pods’, at diasp.org. It links to Facebook and can import your list of FB friends so there is a convenient escape route for when FB becomes too oppressive. Even if it’s not an FB killer I think it’s going to be an environment than some of us will relate to better. It’s still in early beta but I would definitely recommend having a look.