I just pledged $25 to the Diaspora project on Kickstarter.  I won’t repeat all the details here, but it’s in many ways an answer to my complaints about Facebook.  I’m still a bit leery of some aspects of social networking regardless of the tools but the idea that I manage my own data directly is incredibly appealing.  I urge you to check it out and if you feel strongly about it go ahead and sponsor the project.  Anyway, off to Montreal… have a great weekend!