As complaints about Facebook continue to pile up to epic proportions, its competitors are receiving glittering press, financial support, and spikes in site traffic. Is this a signal that the Great Facebook Exodus has begun, and can the trend maintain momentum?
The New York Times profiled “four nerds” behind the new anti-Facebook: Diaspora, which touts itself as “the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network.”
“We think people’s privacy and personal control is in jeopardy more than ever online, and every day we hear about more and more of our peers who say that Diaspora is something that they want and need,” the group blogged.
Though the site won’t be launched until sometime this summer, Diaspora looks like it’ll be a hit — for now. We need to wait and see what Facebook does about the thorn in its side before making any rash judgments about the future of the Goliath of social networking.
Other sites aren’t faring as well: Friendster dropped 5 percent; Bebo.com dropped 4 percent; and hi5.com, despite having more unique visitors than Orkut, still dropped. So what’s Orkut doing? (And what is Orkut anyway?)
While Facebook’s growth rate far exceeds any of its competition, those figures could change as media scrutiny intensifies.