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Sure, the names don't mean anything. Gmail was in beta with millions of users for years.

However, the Diaspora github readme says this in bold: "PLEASE, DO NOT RUN IN PRODUCTION. IT IS FUN TO GET RUNNING, BUT EXPECT THINGS TO BE BROKEN"

So, shame on the register for calling this news.

Yes, as of 35 minutes ago, it says that. But before that, it didn't, and tons of people are throwing this up on ec2, heroku, and everything else: http://github.com/diaspora/diaspora/commit/e668071ea51050ae7...

good point. I didn't see that.

Yesterday, Ars ran a front page story titled: "Open source Facebook replacement Diaspora drops first alpha"

So I'm not surprised users ran out to try it.

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