Well, I think this decision will give it again the dynamic to move on and play a key role on the market.
As a Free Software social project, we have an obligation to take this project further, for the good of the community that revolves around it. Putting the decisions for the project’s future in the hands of the community is one of the highest benefits of any FOSS project, and we’d like to bring this benefit to our users and developers. We still will remain as an important part this community as the founders, but we want to make sure we are including all of the people who care about Diaspora and want to see it succeed well into the future.
Not a Gnome stuff
This is not directly related to Gnome, but these news are quite big to be ignored. I was also a fan of Diaspora and I was doing some programming on it, when it was released. And by the way we are planning to deploy a Diaspora* node by the end of this year and make a Gnome social.