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Uprise of facebook rivals ?

Facebook has brought world wide negative attention due to change in its privacy law which made some people to quit the social networking to quit. Almost 11,000 members pledged to quite the facebook by May 31st which facebook might not bother due to its large members in millions.

Right now the only competitor of the facebook is twitter the micro blogging service site which recently entered into world top 10 sites in Alexa based web ranking. Though other rivals like Bebo, Myspace, friendster had seen decline in their property in the last 24 months.

Uprising of new and young rivals

The latest round of privacy issues with Facebook has provoked considerable interest in some more embryonic social network projects.

Mr Bryant said: "Many people are looking to Diaspora as a new model - something which is standards-based, open-source and distributed."

Diaspora was founded in early May year by four New York University students who aim to create "the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open-source social network".

It also caught the eye of investors on the Kickstarter website, which aims to find funding for creative projects. In just a few weeks, the Diaspora team has received pledges of $175,000 (£122,000). They started out asking for just $10,000.

Max Salzberg, one of the founders, told BBC News: "Facebook is not what we are going after.

"We are going after the idea there are all these centralised services where people are giving up their personal information. We want to put users back in control of what they share."

But Diaspora's software is still in the early stages of development, and it's not yet clear exactly where the project might go.

Another fledgling social network is OneSocialWeb that has the backing of mobile giant Vodafone.

Its designer, Alard Weisscher, told BBC News "We believe social networking is becoming so important ... that users should have the right to choose their provider, be able to switch between providers ... whilst owning and being in full control of their data."

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