Diaspora is a decentralized social network. It consists of a group of independently owned nodes (called pods) which interoperate to form the network. The social network is not owned by any one person or entity, keeping it from being subject to corporate take-overs or advertising. Anyone can run their own pod, allowing you to keep your data in your own sever.
Poddery was one of the earliest diaspora social networking host that was launched by Joe Bivins. When the maintainer decided to close it down on June 30th, 2013, a couple of us came together and tried to save it with a campaign Save Poddery.
I was a small part of the campaign, I helped in editing the short film that we created for it and also wrote some code for the website.
The campaign was a success and we were able to maintain the site for more than 3 years.
In 2016, we ran out of fund again and started a new campaign - "Keep Poddery.com Live, Round 2". Because of the popularity of the previous campaign, there were around 2600+ active users in the poddery's diaspora network. The community came together again for the new campaign.
I again made minor contributions for the campaign by editing a new video. This time we chose interviews with the people maintaining the server and the project.
The goal was to raise the fund to run the services for another 2 years. Now, in 2019, I can say that, round 2 was also a success.
After the 2016 campaign, I became busy with my job and other projects. So I didn't contribute anything at all. Recently I came to know that poddery team is launching another campaign - "Fund Poddery". This time, they are accepting direct transfer along with the indigogo campaign.
Good to see that a project like this, a social network, when it was going to shut down, the community took it over and maintained it, for the community and funded by the community for more than 6 years.