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Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) is a Free-as-in-Freedom decentralized (p2p) social network. I joined the "Scuttleverse" last December. The Scuttleverse is a strange place. Strange, but friendly and welcoming.
Secure Scuttlebutt is completely decentralized and offline-first. Each SSB participant (account) has a feed with signed messages (sigchain) which can be pulled by others. Feeds are immutable, i.e. SSB posts cannot be deleted or edited. "Following" somebody means replicating their complete feed to the local disk. Thus all SSB content is stored distributed on participants' local drives. You can post a message to your own feed without being online (local/offline-first) and it will be replicated as soon as your follower(s) connect. Connections can be made locally (LAN/WiFi) without intermediaries or via so-called "rooms". Rooms provide connectivity for different SSB participants behind NAT.
There are a number of different SSB clients, the most prominent being "Patchwork" for Linux, macOS, and Windows. Patchwork provides a friendly view of your timeline, supports "likes", hashtags as topic channels, and more:
Onboarding to the decentralized SSB is a bit tricky as you need to know someone on SSB to connect to. Fortunately, there are so-called "Pubs" which are "always-on" accounts which help with bootstrapping. Public Pubs provide free invite codes. Redeeming the invite code makes the Pub follow your feed thus others on the Pub can see your posts. Joining a Pub is great to start from zero, but also means that your SSB client will pull a lot of data (Gigabytes) from the Pub. Your SSB client might therefore be busy downloading and indexing for the first hours.
How to get started:
- download a SSB client, e.g. Patchwork or one of the other apps
- select a Pub from the list of public Pubs
- copy the invite code
- open the SSB client, click on "+ Join Server", and paste the invite code
- wait for downloading and indexing (this might take hours!)
- follow people to your liking
- introduce yourself in the "#new-people" channel (can be later, lurking is fine!)
- optional: join one of the public SSB rooms for better connectivity (or join mine)
- optional: unfollow the Pub (the Pub will still follow you) 
If you want to follow me on SSB, here my different identities (different devices):
Remember: everything in SSB is public  and you need to follow accounts to see content.
- Secure Scuttlebutt homepage
- Free Social Networking Showdown - Scuttlebutt - blog post
- Secure Scuttlebutt: Peer-to-peer collaboration and community infrastructure - Charles Lehner @ LibrePlanet 2020
- Building Blocks of Decentralization by Will Scott - rC3 talk
- Scuttlebutt Protocol Guide
- Hacker News comment thread on SSB
|||Check the "#community-gardening" channel on SSB or directly this post (copy the message ID into your client search box): %6aVAYuUav2g/mkwG7y2Rs474G+TFiTUFhqMgUem3+uY=.sha256|
|||See "Protecting SSB from yuge orange face or anyone like him" by André Staltz on SSB %LKqAORPSwWHNrEzQGgXRVGzmy8xOej71685p26a6PSg=.sha256|
|||Pubs are great for onboarding, but Pubs are technically not required and following a public Pub might replicate content you don't want.|
|||There are also private messages which are encrypted so only the recipients can read them.|