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Manyverse is an Android app for the Scuttlebutt social network.

Scuttlebutt is very unusual: it has no servers. All the data people share is stored on their own devices, and on the devices of people they share it with.

It's also unusual because it can work off-the-grid, via bluetooth or local wifi.

Manyverse is available from @fdroidorg and Google Play, and there's an iOS version on the way:

manyver.se

You can follow Manyverse at:

@manyver_se

@fdroidorg @manyver_se

p.s. I should add, it's still early days for Scuttlebutt. It's not the easiest social network to use. It's worth trying if you can, but it still has a long way to go.

But it's a great concept, and Manyverse is being developed at a good pace, so it's worth following.

You can find out more about the Scuttlebutt network (including desktop apps) at:

scuttlebutt.nz

@switchingsocial @fdroidorg @manyver_se

The difficulty in scuttlebutt is mostly onboarding. Once you're in and get connected to a few people, it's pretty easy, and so far, it's a friendly crowd.

@switchingsocial So far my beefs are: It appears that when other scuttlebutt users are on the same network, they are able to automatically see you, and when looking at you, can see ALL of your public posts. I would think this could be abused fairly easily, and would prefer, that public posts be only visible after following someone, and that person has followed you back. Maybe I just don't understand the convention just yet.

@Phaserune

You might want to give this feedback to @manyver_se

I'm not an expert but it sounds like you're following a "pub", and the other people on the same pub can see your public posts?

If you don't follow pubs, then your posts are only visible after following/following back. The trouble is that it's difficult to find people to follow without using pubs.

This is some of the stuff that Manyverse is trying to make easier I think.

@switchingsocial @fdroidorg @manyver_se It's also worth pointing out that if you create a Scuttlebutt account on the Manyverse mobile app, you can't access or move your profile to the Scuttlebutt desktop app and vica-versa. So choose wisely where you want your Scuttlebutt profile to live.

Ref: scuttlebutt.nz/faq/application

@switchingsocial @fdroidorg @manyver_se

Not going to lie, I don't know if I would ever use this network, but it's so technologically cool! If my life style changes in a way that would allow me to take advantage of the network fully, I would give it one hell of a test run.

@MacroDeSatire @fdroidorg @manyver_se

The developer of Manyverse said something interesting like that. If I remember right he regards server-based social networks as cruise ships, but Scuttlebutt as a lifeboat (I think that's the quote...).

If something goes horribly wrong with server-based networks either technically or politically, Scuttlebutt would be an alternative way of communicating.

@switchingsocial Another good example of a completely decentralised network is twtxt (github.com/buckket/twtxt). It's conceptually incredibly simple (each user has a text file and a URL to that text file) and follows the Unix philosophy very well.

Key disadvantages are that user discovery is very limited and user base is incredibly tiny at the moment.

@OTheB Hey thanks for throwing this into the thread - I've been looking at how to do serialization of my personal data outside of any services, and this looks like it's going to be a goldmine of inspiration, if not directly compatible.

@switchingsocial

@switchingsocial @fdroidorg @manyver_se Looks very promising! I'm not that comfortable with the fact that an identity is bound to a device, but it still looks like the most human-centred social network I have heard about

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