Social networking pioneer found dead at age of 22


Jessica Satherly
Mail Online

November 14, 2011

A young co-founder of social networking site Diaspora*, set up to challenge Facebook, has died at the age of 22.

New York University student Ilya Zhitomirskiy passed away suddenly on Saturday but the details of his death have not been issued.

Zhitomirskiy set up Diaspora* social network, a free personal web server, with three friends from NYU – Dan Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg and Raphael Sofaer.

They are all students at the university’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Zhitomirskiy described himself on his Twitter account as a ‘free culture and open web enthusiast. Now one of the four Diaspora* bros.’

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