Nov 14 - Social networking pioneer found dead at age of 22

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Nov 14 - Social networking pioneer found dead at age of 22
 

 

A young co-founder of social networking site Diaspora*, set up to challenge Facebook, has died at the age of 22.

New York University student Ilya Zhitomirskiy passed away suddenly on Saturday but the details of his death have not been issued.

Zhitomirskiy set up Diaspora* social network, a free personal web server, with three friends from NYU – Dan Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg and Raphael Sofaer.

They are all students at the university’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Zhitomirskiy described himself on his Twitter account as a ‘free culture and open web enthusiast. Now one of the four Diaspora* bros.’

Friends and fans of Zhitomirskiy have written tributes on Twitter after hearing of his death, with one posting: ‘So sad! Social networking pioneer dies at 22.’

Another tweeted: ‘death of a young entrepreneur is a great loss to the community.’

The four students announced their software programme in April 2010 and raised over $200,000 for the project through the online fundraising system Kickstarter.

The system even inspired Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to donate money to the project.

In November 2010 the foursome released a consumer alpha version of the programme, while still making further developments.

Diaspora* is based around privacy concerns related to centralised social networks by allowing users to set up their own server to host content and then interact with others by sharing status updates, photographs and other data – much like Facebook.

But it differs from Facebook because the latter stores user data within its own network.

Co-founder Raphael Sofaer told the New York Times last year: ‘In our real lives, we talk to each other.

‘We don’t need to hand our messages to a hub. What Facebook gives you as a user isn’t that hard to do.

‘All the little games, the little walls, the little chat, aren’t really rare things. The technology already exists.’

While Zuckerberg praised the group, telling Wired last year: ‘I think it is cool people are trying to do it.

‘I see a little of myself in them. It’s just their approach that the world could be better and saying, ‘We should try to do it’.’


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 Facebook rival Diaspora's co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy dies at 22 | Mail Online

46 comments for "Nov 14 - Social networking pioneer found dead at age of 22"

 7 years ago '11        #2
tfc1193 71 heat pts71
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Holy sh*t zuckerberg is a fu*kin g.. n*gga is literally eliminating the competition
 7 years ago '11        #3
zenndogg98 26 heat pts26
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he financed him then murked him.
 7 years ago '10        #4
Delbert Mengel 28 heat pts28
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 zenndogg98 said:
he financed him then murked him.
 7 years ago '11        #5
PotheadFocker 174 heat pts174
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This has the Social Network Mafia written all over it
 7 years ago '04        #6
shadow_boxer 2 heat pts
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rip sad he died at 22

and what fb does has been around for years. I keep tellin people black planet been had that chat option
 7 years ago '05        #7
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 zenndogg98 said:
he financed him then murked him.
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Best marketing they'll get
 7 years ago '10        #8
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Rest in peace man, I remember hearing about diaspora, still checking up on it to see when it finishes, now I'm hearing this Rest In Peace your contributions to the tech world and social networking will be appreciated and you will be sorely missed!

And lol about the fb comment, but mark got that billionaire money, let's just hope he not using for......immoral purposes....
 11-14-2011, 07:45 PM         #9
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 11-14-2011, 07:48 PM         #10
THEYOUNGMESSIAH 
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Zuckenberg got shooters
 11-14-2011, 07:50 PM         #11
yeugkk 
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zuckerberg in da cut like
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 7 years ago '06        #12
ThaShark316 86 heat pts86
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Zuckerberg's got goons.
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 kennboy1 said:
And lol about the fb comment, but mark got that billionaire money, let's just hope he not using for......immoral purposes....
 11-14-2011, 08:06 PM         #14
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delete...

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 7 years ago '04        #15
S|M 
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one less person to split the millions with... r.i.p.
 11-14-2011, 08:10 PM         #16
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dey all bussin for zucker zucker


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 7 years ago '04        #17
Venom 29 heat pts29
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damn, zuckerburg deleted him
 7 years ago '10        #18
philty 126 heat pts126
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Diaspora was trash and in need of funding
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Agentzer0oo0 215 heat pts215
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 5knuckleshuffle said:


delete...

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damn you got greased
 7 years ago '07        #20
Deniro732 10 heat pts10
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damn ..never heard of disapora..that's a wack a.ss name though ..but it was basically like facebook but more private in the sense they don't store your personal info and what not? i didn't really read the article
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