diaspora is a distributed social networking platform comprised of nodes, called pods. These pods are linked together to allow users to connect seamlessly. This idea is different from the traditional social network, where user data is centralized and controlled by a single entity. diaspora is also free as in speech, so you can use it however you like. diaspora* also values your privacy. You don’t have to use your real identity, and you have complete control over who sees your content using Aspects.
Read on to learn more about how to get started on diaspora* and get the latest updates from Fedora once you’re there.
The first step in getting started with diaspora* is to select a pod. Your pod is where your data is stored. You can select a pod based on any criteria, such as geographic location, uptime, or which domain you like best. Fedora is hosted on diasp.org, and this is a great place to start. But you can find a list of available pods, along with their locations, uptime, and supported services, at podupti.me. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even create your own pod. You can find pod installation instructions on the diaspora* project wiki.
Setting up an account on diasp.org
- Go to diasp.org and click the Sign up button in the top right corner of the page.
- Enter your information in the form provided and click Sign up.
- Enter some information about yourself, including your name (this can be whatever you like, unlike some other services), a profile photo, and some hashtags for your interests.
- Introduce yourself to the community. An introductory message is prepared for you the first time you view your stream.
- (Optional) Go to dia.so and enter your diaspora* id, desired URL, and email to get a shortened URL for your account.
Connect With Fedora
Once you’re set up on diaspora*, you can find Fedora either by searching for firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting dia.so/fedora. On the Fedora page, click Add Contact in the top right-hand corner of the window. Then select the Aspect you’d like to add Fedora to. Once you do this, any new updates from Fedora appear on your stream.