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Want to join the Diaspora* Network? Great! This is why you should (or should not) choose Calispora as your pod.

A Quick Synopsis

Calispora.org is a free and open "pod" (server) on the Diaspora Social Network. Every user has a home pod that they use to access the network.

Calispora offers many features not found on the main pod (joindiaspora.com and its clones) and lacks some features that are offered there. But actually, they are far more alike than different.

Just to be very clear, if you are looking to join a pod offering the "mainstream" Diaspora experience, Calispora is probably not for you. But there is nothing stopping you from joining multiple pods. You have multiple emails addresses, don't you? So why not join Calispora today? If you want a mega-pod that doesn't require an invitation, try diasp.org.

The main downside to joining Calispora.org is that if the core Diaspora developers significantly change the networking language (we call it the federation protocol) and Calispora is unable to incorporate those changes, we will be cut off from the main pods. It is a distinct possibility, but may never happen.

Still reading? Fantastic!

A Few Differences

You can find a more complete list of features, but here are the main differences (as of July 4, 2012):

  1. joindiaspora.com (JD) requires an invitation to join. Calispora is open, just register and you are in. There are many other pods running almost identical software to JD that do not require an invitation.
  2. JD is enormous. It is like a big city where most of the network users reside. It is not too vulnerable to federation problems across the network. After all, you don't need federation if everyone you talk to is on the same pod. Calispora is small, more like a town than a city. There are plenty of "locals" to talk to, but federation bugs can affect Calispora users more, because most contacts are on other pods.
  3. JD (and most other pods) run the same or similar software. Calispora uses a branch of the D* code that has many differences, but the same underlying core concepts and functionality.
  4. JD is run by a team of full-time developers. Calispora is run by one guy as a hobby.
  5. Calispora has a clear privacy policy.
  6. Calispora has clear Terms of Service.
  7. Calispora does not use third-party tracking and analytic software. JD uses multiple third-party software for tracking, performance, and analytics, as befits a giant software development program.
  8. Calispora offers a pod-only option when you don't want federation across the internet. JD does not.
  9. Calispora offers preview mode for posts and comments. JD is just now rolling out a "beta" publisher with preview mode.
  10. In general, JD is like a sexy new car with all the bells and whistles. Calispora focuses on a simple, stable interface.
  11. JD has faster page loads than Calispora, no question. Much faster.
  12. Calispora allows contacts to be imported from other pods. JD does not.
  13. Calispora allows you to exports all your posts, contacts, aspects, comments, and photos.
  14. You can see relative pod sizes (although the numbers are just estimates) at diasp.eu

That's only scratching the surface. Join calispora today and give it a test drive. There's no obligation and you can close your account at any time. And it's FREE.

For a really nice list of available Diaspora pods, see podupti.me. Welcome to D*!

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