• Damus, a decentralized social networking platform powered by Nostr, has launched on the Apple App Store.
• Nostr markets Damus as the ’social network you control‘ and promises to provide censorship-resistant and permissionless communications.
• Twitter is also trying to catch up with its competitors by launching a payment system, which could include crypto on the app.
On February 1st, 2023, Damus, a decentralized social networking platform powered by Nostr, was finally released on the Apple App Store after three failed attempts. Nostr, which is based on cryptographic keypairs, is marketing Damus as the “social network you control”, and promises to provide uncensored content and communication without any external interference. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter who made a case for a decentralized alternative to the app, is also a contributor to the Damus project and tweeted in response to the news: “A milestone for open protocols…#nostr is now officially on the Apple App Store with @damusapp.”
Damus allows users to send private encrypted messages with the destination user’s public key. The messages are distributed through decentralized relays, and users are also able to make payments through the Bitcoin Layer-2 Lightning Network. This is a significant milestone for decentralized social media networks, as it adds more competition to Twitter, which is also trying to catch up with its competitors by launching a payment system, which could include crypto on the app.
Nostr is confident that Damus will revolutionize the social media industry and provide users with a secure and reliable platform to share their thoughts and opinions without fear of censorship. It is also expected to increase user privacy by keeping all communications encrypted and untraceable. With its launch on the Apple App Store, Damus is set to become a powerful tool for decentralizing social media and creating a more secure and open communication platform.