Diaspora (styled DIASPORA*) is a non-profit, user-owned, distributed social network that is based upon the free Diaspora software. As of November 2011, there are more than 200 thousand users connected to the biggest server.[1] The project was founded in 2010 by four students at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Dan Grippi, Max Salzberg and Raphael Sofaer. Diaspora consists of a group of independently owned pods which interoperate to form the network.