Decentralised Social Media- A new beginning
There are many decentralised versions of social media that have come up in the recent past. The key difference between their offering and what centralised versions like Facebook or Twitter offer is the ownership of data and the guarantee that users’ data will not be used without the permission of the user. Some of the new social media platforms in the decentralised space just copy their centralised counterparts but ensure that user data and privacy aspects are addressed thoroughly. This path is filled with question marks as what has worked earlier may not work now and hence one has to take a holistic approach. The following are the some of the innovative ones that are trying to change this landscape and carve a niche for themselves.
Minds: Minds is an open source and decentralized social network for Internet freedom, where users earn crypto tokens for their contributions to the network. The tokens can be exchanged for more views or tips for other channels.
Mastodon: Probably the most familiar and most similar to Twitter, it operates on open source servers and has a 500 character limit. It uses anti-abuse tools, and moderators may step in quick.
Sapien Network: It is a highly customizable, democratized social news platform built on the Ethereum blockchain capable, describes itself as an alternative to social news platforms like Facebook and Google.
Pden: Pden is a decentralized social networking app where you can share your thoughts, explore thoughts of interesting people and interact with like minded people in an environment free from social media noise. Pden is bringing mindfulness and civility in online conversations by creating a space to facilitate responses rather than evoking reactions.
Manyverse: It is a social network mobile app with features you would expect: posts, threads, likes, profiles, etc. Its not running in the cloud, instead your friends’ posts and all your social data live entirely in your phone. One can scroll and check content even when one is offline. When your phone is back online, it syncs the latest updates directly with your friends’ phones, through a shared local Wi-Fi or on the internet.
The number of players in this arena are increasing by the day and may be one of them or a combination of them will get to be the next big thing in the world of social media.