Social sans commerce: here we come.
The new social utility that serial entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell started in response to being, in his words, screwed by Facebook, is live. App.net, which Caldwell ran a Kickstarter-ish campaign to fund, blew through its $500,000 goal and currently sits at $595,150.
Ilya Zhitomirskiy, the 22-year-old co-founder of the Diaspora social network — which gained recognition for challenging Facebook — died this weekend, the company confirmed Monday.
Diaspora, the open-sourced Facebook alternative initiated by four New York University students, will be launching in three weeks, its creators announced in a blog post today.
Less than three weeks ago, four New York University students launched a please-fund-us page on Kickstarter, a site where people attempt to raise money from donors for worthy projects.