Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of the founding members of the social networking site Diaspora, has passed away at the age of 22. According to the International Business Times, the company confirmed that Zhitomirskiy has died, though the cause and date of his passing have not yet been reported. IBC writes that Zhitomirskiy, along with Dan Grippi, Maxwell Zalsberg and Raphael Sofaer, created Diaspora out of growing dissatisfaction with Facebook and wanted to create “a social network that didn’t force people to surrender their privacy.” (Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg helped contribute to Diaspora’s website fundraising, and said of the up-start, “I think it’s a cool idea.”) Zhitomirskiy’s profile on Diaspora reads, “Ilya is a Russian. He is super passionate about building a world of hacker spaces, maker culture, sharing, cycling, and life satisfaction.”
Posted November 14 2011 — 10:37 AM EST
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