At the age of 22, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, who happened to be the co-creator of Diaspora, was reported to be dead. The news of his death was broken by TechCrunch later on Sunday, as it reported that news regarding his death had begun to spread around in the tech-world slowly and steadily.
Ilya Zhitomirskiy was amongst the four students studying at the New York University who set in motion, the extremely famous project termed Diaspora. According to the team, the project was explained by the team in an email in October, in which they said that the network is a place where everybody will have full control over their privacy, data and identity.
Amid times of high privacy concerns on social networking sites such as Facebook, Diaspora was created to provide users some sense of control and monitor how their data and information is shared. These days as Facebook and mobile operating systems have been under constant threat due to their breaching of personal consumer data, Diaspora provides an edge to the consumers in terms of greater control.
Initially, the project was started as a jump starter project and the goal for the project initially was $10,000. However later on, the project did better than it was expected to, as it generated more than $200,000. Even when the Diaspora generated more money than its goal and outperformed expectations, several publications cited that the reason for increased demand of Diaspora was probably the highly privacy invasive atmosphere created by social networking site Facebook. People have overtime become more cautious about their information, how it is shared and about their privacy and thus, Diaspora was an immediate chord striker because it gave consumers what they were looking for.
The cause of Ilya Zhitomirskiy’s death hasn’t been reported as yet. The site has sent new rounds of invitations to a restructured alpha edition of its social network, which is open-source, today.