SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of the founders of the social networking site Diaspora, has died. He was 22.
Nina Fiore, executive secretary in the San Francisco medical examiner's office, confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that Zhitomirskiy died in San Francisco. She would not say how or when he died.
Diaspora, an alternative to Facebook, was founded by four New York University students in 2010.
The site lets users keep control over their photos, videos and status updates while sharing them with friends.
Zhitomirskiy co-founded the website .
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."