A social network called Decentral.me is now available to the public and it’s going to change the way you connect with friends, family, and colleagues.
It’s a network of decentralized, self-contained, and completely anonymous communities with a few key features: You can create an account with just a few clicks and join the conversation instantly; You can use the network to organize and share your personal photos, audio recordings, and other content, and you can set up a payment processor to accept payments and collect payments; You get a real-time view of all of your conversations and messages, with the ability to view and reply to anyone you want to; You don’t need to sign up for an account to join the network, and no one else can.
Decentral is the brainchild of two tech veterans, who’ve been tinkering around with the idea of a decentralized, secure social network for years.
They’ve developed Decentrals, a system that combines the benefits of a traditional social network with the simplicity and security of an online chat.
The result is a network that looks like a traditional, secure messaging app, but has the ease of online social networking, while being completely anonymous.
It all started with a simple idea: create a decentralized peer-to-peer network of people who have nothing to hide.
“A lot of people are starting to realize that you can’t hide anything from people, and if you can, that’s what we’re trying to do,” Jan van der Plas, one of the founders of Decentrals, told Ars.
“I think that’s a huge challenge for the social network community right now.
It really does come down to trust, trustworthiness, and integrity.
That’s where Decentrails real strength lies.”
Decentrals is a decentralized network of users that you, too, can join.
There are two ways you can join the Decentras community: through a free app, or through a paid service.
The paid service lets you add friends, manage your profile, and manage your subscriptions.
Once you sign up, you can choose whether to use your personal phone number or an encrypted password.
You can also choose to use a private key for your password, which is shared with your network.
That key can be used to secure your communication.
The encrypted password is the same as your real phone number.
Decents users don’t get paid.
They also have no access to your private data or your phone number, except for the encrypted password and a public key.
And they can’t share your messages with anyone.
There’s no way for them to share your private conversations with your peers.
That is, you won’t be able to ask them to send you messages that you won:t see in the public view.
Decenting is built on a decentralized approach, so Decentrelles users don, too.
“We don’t use any centralized servers, no servers or anything like that,” van der PLas said.
“What we do is use a bunch of smart contracts to create our own distributed storage.”
Decentres servers use a distributed ledger to make decisions about when to sync the data, and when to release it.
Decensys servers use an open-source technology called Bitcoin, which lets you transact anonymously with anyone on the network.
Decentrels users can use Bitcoin for any transaction, including payments.
Decencerells uses the blockchain to verify the validity of payments, and also to manage payment flows.
Decents users can choose to pay by credit card or by Bitcoin.
Decently users can also pay using a third-party platform like Paypal, or they can use a service like Stripe.
Decrerells users pay using PayPal and Stripe, but the third-parties don’t keep a record of their transactions.
Decresys users pay with Bitcoin and Strips, but they can delete their payment history from the network when they want.
Decrerell has a number of features that make Decentals unique from other social networks.
For example, Decentrebs payment processing is completely decentralized.
This means the network is completely private, and transactions are only visible to the network’s administrators.
The payment processor, in turn, is completely anonymous and has no access or record of payments.
The Decentrl server is based on a different technology from Decentrols payment processing.
That allows Decentrems users to send money with no records, as long as the money arrives in the Decreentres bank account in a timely manner.
And Decentrs payment processor is completely open source.
Decrees server is also built entirely on open source software.
“This allows us to build our own servers and do all the cool things that other social networkers do,” vander PLas explained.
“Our servers are completely self-hosted.
It gives us full control of everything that goes on inside our servers, including the data and the protocols