Earlier today the AP reported that Ilya Zhitomirskiy, a co-founder of the startup social networking site Diaspora that put an emphasis on privacy and user-control, has died. Zhitomirskiy was 22.

Zhitomirskiy was one of four students who started Diaspora in a computer lab at New York University. As an anti-Facebook of sorts, the group raised more than $200,000 by collecting contributions through the website Kickstarter.

Zhitomirskiy said he and his co-founders didn’t set out to make money when they created Diaspora but to instead provide an “open platform” for users.

“There’s something deeper than making money off stuff,” Zhitomirskiy said. “Being a part of creating stuff for the universe is awesome.”

Clicking on Diaspora in this piece will link you to several different sites all under the company umbrella.