May 14, 2023  |  Social Networks  ·  Self-Sovereignty

I’ve been playing with the Nostr protocol for a few hours, and here are my main takeaways:

  • It has much better fundamentals than Mastodon, and the people behind it are nicer and more competent.
  • It can scale, although it won’t be trivial. I don’t believe it would need to achieve massive scale in order to be useful, anyway.
  • It’s trivial to own and backup your data, you’re in no way dependent on any server.

Although the success of Nostr is not certain, I decided to create a simple Nostr to Atom (or RSS) bridge which will allow me to subscribe to Nostr accounts and see their posts in my News app feed.