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    Very nice. I like the idea of DHT to share contents and still keep everything on your phone. I must admit I’m kind of lost after installing the app though: how do I add people? Are there ‘public’ posts? If so, how do I find them? I will of course look every question up, but a small intro would be nice…

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      If you can’t get the dht connection to work with a friend, get an invitation from one of the connection points (pubs) listed here

      https://github.com/ssbc/scuttlebot/wiki/Pub-Servers

      and paste it into the network “Paste Invite” box.

      Pubs basically introduce you to the network initially, so you can build up a set of peers to connect to, and after that are not needed.

      Because it is an offline-first network, your phone keeps a copy of all your peers on it. As such the initial sync (especially from a pub) may take a while, and use a lot of data, so wifi connection is a good option if it is cheaper for you.

      And the app will be fairly unresponsive during the initial sync. This is early stage tech, not completely polished yet.

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      Good to see someone implementing something more than a PoC application on top of Scuttlebutt. I personally never got around to understanding the choice for pub servers and their specific role in the P2P network. The pub nodes form a major hassle for on boarding new users, especially the ones that are not as tech-savvy.

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        Been trying to get this working with like four people - to no avail :(

        Very nice!

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          Anyone know what the plan is for people using both mobile and desktop ssb clients?

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            No blockchain

            Doesn’t scuttlebutt use one?

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              Technically speaking your feed is an append-only log of data blocks.

              However, there’s typically only one node writing to it and it doesn’t have proof of anything (other than possession of a private key).

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                No, rather than having a single centralized feed, each user has a feed that they replicate to their friends and friends of friends.

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                Has anyone got this working? I’m excited to see how it works because so far I have never seen a p2p protocol work well on mobile. I think this might actually be feasible as it could just turn off when the phone is locked unlike IM apps which need to be listening all the time.