/** * @article The Appleseed Project * * @since May 25, 2010 * @package Shortpost, Uncategorized * * @tags social media * */
For all the publicity and money the Diaspora project has raised lately ($175,000 raised without sharing a single line of code!) with its unstated promise to “take on Facebook”, one thing that’s getting lost is that several other projects have been working for years on similar frameworks… mostly in obscurity and without media attention, but nevertheless working out standards and code to back up a distributed open-source social networking platform.
The Appleseed Project was probably the first project of its type. Started in 2004, apparently abandoned for few years but recently reinvigorated, Appleseed is truly open source distributed social networking… like Diaspora, but with working code.