Are there any promising IPFS-based replacements for Twitter?

From @ratkins on Wed Jan 04 2017 09:04:08 GMT+0000 (UTC)

What I want is a fully distributed public short message broadcast platform that can’t be subpoenaed or go broke and supports cryptographic verification of message integrity and sender identity. The ability to implement collaborative blocking/filtering is important; private “direct messaging” less so. It should be a protocol, for which anyone is free to implement a client on any platform (#RFCsNotIPOs!)

Am I correct in thinking IPFS would be a good basis for such a system?

Does what I want exist already? Are there any promising contenders?

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From @ChicoBitcoinJoe on Wed Jan 04 2017 18:57:18 GMT+0000 (UTC)

I’m working on a project right now that imitiates reddit using ipfs and ethereum. The UI could easily be reworked to look like twitter. It has a private voting layer and a public voting layer so far but the final design in not finalized. Check it out if you’d like.

From @ratkins on Thu Jan 05 2017 08:42:02 GMT+0000 (UTC)

I had a quick look, and I think the complexity of your requirements is at odds with what I want. My Ideal Distributed Twitter Replacement™ has an intentionally simple protocol, and the payload is by specification short and deliberately freeform—just a blob of 256 (?) bytes of Unicode. All of the Good Things about Twitter (@-replies, hashtags, …) were thought up by users and established by convention within the limitations of the original message format, not passed down from Twitter product design by fiat.

(As an aside, I think a Distributed Twitter protocol is a more important first step, but I would also one day like to see a 21st Century Usenet for long-form conversation. Read up on Usenet if you’re not familiar with it or only know it as a source for pirated software; I see it as the ancestor of Slashdot and Digg and therefore Reddit, and it itself is the descendent of BBS systems like Fidonet.)

From @ChicoBitcoinJoe on Thu Jan 05 2017 23:06:54 GMT+0000 (UTC)

My DApp at its core is just a smart contract that broadcasts an ipfs hash. Very simple but powerful. Replies and hashtags would just be broadcasting on those specific channels. Reputation systems definitely have a way to go but there are many projects like mine working on this.

From @jane-lx on Fri Mar 03 2017 20:32:31 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Have you looked at Mastodon?

From @ratkins on Sun Mar 05 2017 17:18:52 GMT+0000 (UTC)

I did see Mastodon, but it’s federated and built on top of a database (rather than completely distributed), so it doesn’t match my criteria.

From @ankushnarula on Sun Mar 05 2017 22:55:18 GMT+0000 (UTC)

The AKASHA project is building a “decentralized” social network using Ethereum and IPFS. It’s still in early public alpha (not using real currency yet) but the concept is very promising because it is built atop an economic free market.

From @ratkins on Mon Mar 06 2017 07:08:59 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Akasha looks interesting and I will keep an eye on it. From the little they have on their site it seems to be a platform for hosting long-form content (a la Medium) rather than short-form “status updates” though?

From @VictorBjelkholm on Tue Mar 07 2017 13:01:30 GMT+0000 (UTC)

I have yet to see something Twitter-like built on top of IPFS that’s been deployed. There is a prototype that @haadcode worked on in the past,, but it’s a early prototype and I’m not sure about it’s current status.

More discussion about this?

I checked, and looks AKASHA is in very early stage.