Mark Zuckerberg Donated to Diaspora, an Anti-Facebook project

In a follow-up interview by Mashable during the announcement of Facebook’s new privacy controls, CEO and creator Mark Zuckerberg asked what would be his reaction to project Diaspora?

I donated, I think it is a cool idea”, his reply.

Diaspora is a project of four New York University (NYU) students who wants to build an open source personal web service that will put individuals in total control of their data.

The group believes that by sharing information on the web and maintaining one’s privacy should not have to be mutually exclusive.

They want to set a new network that would allows everyone to install their own “seed”, like a personal web server with a user’s photos, videos and everything else with in a larger network and that seed would be fully owned and controlled by the user, so any user can share anything and still maintain ownership over it.

The idea is directly opposes the openness of Facebook who rather wants to making the world more open.

When asked why support the idea that totally in contrast of Facebook’s vision, Zuckerberg said that he’s motivated to help the kids because he sees “a little of myself in them”.

Team Diaspora is composed of college kids Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Ilya Zhitomirskiy and Raphael Sofaer. The four will be spending summer coding this new social network known as the Anti-Facebook project.

As of now the group has surpassed the $100,000 marks of donation.