Patchwork, a decentralized messaging and sharing app built on top of Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB). Although I know it from some ZeroNet posts for quite some time, I haven't tried it until recently.
The installation progress was quite smooth by following the official Getting Started, the linux app is packed by using AppImage, after
chmod a+x I only need a simple click to open it, quite fancy. The UI is nice and officially supports dark theme ^^
When adding Pub Servers, I followed the suggestion "Please don't just choose the first pub in the list!" and scanned the list to find one that I prefer to join. I chose the last one under "pubs with reusable invite codes", but failed and returned
could not connect to sbot. I did a simple search with Searx but the discussion I found were more about development but not normal use. I could access https://ssb.nz and there is a cool Gundam photo there! I tried adding other pubs, and.. only the first one worked for me XD I also tried one from "Pubs that give out invite codes", same with
could not connect to sbot.
After I successfully added the pub, a lot data began to sync, like BitMessage, I only followed two users there and now the data folder is about 420MB O_O but the benefit is that I can immediately access a lot of posts there. Just hope it won't quickly eat up my limited SSD space (only about 15GB left, I attach another 500GB HDD by the DVD drive slot and have another 1TB drive that is still waiting for eating data though :3).
Attachment limit is 5MB, so probably most users only upload photos but not videos or other big files. The photo preview is shown in the post but I need to view the fullsize one by opening it in a browser. I downloaded it and checked the sha256sum, it is the same with the orginal one. So the meta data of my uploaded photos are inside. Wonder if someone will be amazed that some beautiful photos were taken by Blackberry Bold 9700 :3
In opposite to ZeroMe, everything is changeable, posting on Patchwork:
There is no edit. There is no Undo. There is no delete. So, use your spellcheck, actually look at the Preview, and don't publish mad. You won't be able to take it back.
Like blockchain I guess. Markdown support is everywhere and after I hit the
Publish button, there was a preview window as mentioned above (must have feature I think) and I could decide whether confirming it or polishing my post further.
Everything works as expected and there are some friendly features inside, like searching, channels, friend recommendations. There is also a ZeroNet channel there!
Just a few posts there though, half of a day later I received 2 likes and 1 comment, and ;D
The data stream there is quite transparent, e.g in the channel page, it shows who has subcribed to a channel, and.. it also shows who has left the channel O_O (such design can have some benefit though). Also it has private chat and user blocking feature:
Stay Happy and Safe
Don't worry, if come across someone whose views make you uncomfortable. You can always block them, and you'll never receive any of their posts again, and they won't get yours either.
That is all I guess. Quite a nice social network and I have added a shortcut for it on the desktop. Hope I also have a wonderful journey there like what I had and am still having on ZeroNet and Diaspora*.
Thanks for reading :)