Damus : the decentralized Twitter created on the Nostr protocol
The Damus application is a decentralized social media built on the Nostr protocol. Meet Vitalik Buterin from the Ethereum cryptocurrency or Snowden on the application where you can express yourself freely without fear of being censored or banned from the platform.
Mis à jour le 02/02/2023 à 09:22
Damus, the uncensored social network
Nostr, the decentralized social networking platform, has launched the Damus application nicknamed “Twitter Killer” in reference to its features similar to Elon Musk’s blue bird. What is the difference between the Twitter application and Damus? Damus aims to be an anti-censorship and fully decentralized global social network.
How was Damus born? It all started when Jack Dorsey, the former CEO and co-founder of Twitter, advocated for a decentralized alternative to Twitter. He pointed out the censorship issues on the Musk-bought social media and emphasized the importance of a free and open protocol for social media.
Dorsey then showed his support for Nostr by making a sizable donation of 14 Bitcoin, worth about $245,000 at the time, to help improve the project’s development.
The former Twitter CEO’s involvement in the project then allowed Damus to gain visibility, until it reached its beta testing limit of 10,000 users which prompted the app’s developers to officially submit the app to the Apple Store.
It was then in the night of January 31 to February 1, 2023 that Damus was approved on the App Store.
How does the Damus application work ?
Damus aims to be : the social network you control. The application requires no registration or request for personal data, such as email addresses or other information, to use. It works only with a public and a private key, the public key is your login to allow other users to find you. And the private key is simply your password to allow you to log into your account securely.
On Damus, you can share content without censorship and without the presence of a central server. Thanks to the technology of decentralized nodes, the Nostr protocol allows the sending of end-to-end encrypted messages, guaranteeing the security and privacy of your conversations.
Using the Lightning network, a layer2 dedicated to the market’s first crypto, users can also send small amounts of bitcoins to others via this social network.
To cut a long story short, Damus sells itself as the web3 social network that advocates freedom of expression and privacy of your personal data.
It’s “your personal Twitter, for your friends or for your business” built on a decentralized protocol where you can be in control of your data and your words, without fear of censorship or banning from the platform.
Damus application, the new Twitter of the crypto community
The Damus app has of course attracted the attention of the Bitcoin community, but it has also been tested by high-profile figures such as Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, former U.S. NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and pro-crypto Senator Cynthia Lummis.
At the time of writing, the Damus application is in the Top 10 most downloaded applications on the Apple Store in the United States.
It remains to be seen whether the Damus application will be adopted by the entire crypto community and then by the general public in order to compete with Twitter. Nevertheless, the future is bright for decentralized social networking projects that prioritize freedom of expression and privacy at a time when Twitter and Facebook are proving increasingly controversial.
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