Over and over I come across people saying that #Diaspora is "like FB". It really isn't. It's more like a federated version of G+. The main thing that makes the UI different from Titter or Mastodon is that by default it doesn't have a character limit, and as well as as public or private, posts can be sent only to a group of users defined by the sender.
@lnxw48a1 OK, do you think the demise of G+ could lead to a resurgence of interest in D* if there was more promotion of the fact that it still has that feature?
I wanted to run my own D* at the time, but it was before the era of full/cheap VMs and the dependencies for it were steep (Mongo, Rails, lots of other stuff) and I was just on a shared host.
Mastodon's dependencies are probably worse, but you can run it all in Docker containers, making it a lot easier to quickly start up an instance.
Dispora has it's own federation protocol (a variant of #OStatus), and last I checked its core team adamantly refused to consider adding #ActivityPub. I can see why in a way. D* works quite differently to Titter-a-likes like #Mastodon and #Pleroma. But that didn't stop Mike McG from supporting AP in #Hubzilla and later #Zap.