Afari

Decentralized, censorship resistant social media

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Afari is a decentralized social media platform that aims to give people more control of their privacy and data, and reward them for creating quality content that others enjoy.

The web app beta is the first step to achieving those aims. You own all your data on Afari, as it uses Blockstack, a blockchain-based naming and storage system.

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Reviews

  • Max
    MaxJS Developer
    Pros: 

    None

    Cons: 

    Pointless Twitter clone, need to jump through hoops just to sign up

    Okay, time to be that guy again...

    Another case of using blockchain for the sake of using blockchain. I'm (and 99.995% of users) will not go and download a thing and figure that out just to sign up for this.

    This product is a blatant Twitter clone which was created by search and replacing "database" with "blockchain", it's not needed and will be forgotten tomorrow.

    Max has never used this product.
  • Chris
    Chrismatchco
    Pros: 

    none

    Cons: 

    twitter clone

    yet another example of decentralizing something that has no need to be decentralized. Why would i want to pay to tweet or post when i can do it free on twitter which this is obviously a clone of

    Chris has never used this product.

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Avthar Sewrathan
Avthar SewrathanMaker@avthars1 · Co-founder of Afari | @Princeton CS
Hey PH, I’m Avthar, one of the co-founders of Afari. We started working on Afari earlier this year while still in college. After turning down our job offers at tech giants and other blockchain startups we’re now working on it full time and are excited to share the launch of our public beta with the PH community! We built Afari to give people who value privacy, data ownership and censorship resistance, an alternative to centralized social media like Twitter and Facebook. You can think of Afari as a decentralized Twitter, but we plan to be more than that. In future, we plan to integrate a token network to help content creators of all audience sizes monetize their content more easily. This is our first time launching anything and the app is still in beta, so we’d love for you to use the app and offer feedback on the features present, UX, and anything you think would make Afari more appealing to you!
Przemysław Chojecki
Przemysław Chojecki@monkinco · Make, Make Build, Make Install
@avthars1 Maybe it's a useful approach, but could you make it less twitter look-alike? It doesn't feel good. For example look at what Mastodon did with it.
Avthar Sewrathan
Avthar SewrathanMaker@avthars1 · Co-founder of Afari | @Princeton CS
@monkinco You're spot on. Thanks for the feedback! We wanted to create something familiar to people, hence the Twitter feel. But we're slowly creating our own UI/UX feel and aesthetic - for example, the way we've implemented photo galleries. v2 of web and the mobile app will reflect this.
Ryan Shea
Ryan SheaHiring@ryaneshea · Co-founder, Blockstack
Congrats on the launch team, super excited about Afari and what it enable in the future.
Joshua Yap
Joshua Yap@joshua_yap · Design + Business @ Zensite.Design
Joshua here, I design at zensite.design and I got a comment about your product. Afari looks like Twitter, why take a direction that looks similar to another social media?
Avthar Sewrathan
Avthar SewrathanMaker@avthars1 · Co-founder of Afari | @Princeton CS
@joshua_yap Hey Joshua, thanks for taking the time to give feedback. As I mentioned in a previous reply, we wanted a UI layout that felt familiar to people. We're working on a new UI layout that will be rolled out in our mobile app. Would love to hear any suggestions you have for what UI/UX we could have that emphasizes user privacy and data control! On a general note, if you open up Twitter, Instagram, Facebook - they all kinda look the same, but I agree that we need for differentiation on visual design. Let the iteration begin!
Afari Fred
Afari Fred@afari_fred · fx trader & teacher
i just love the name, Sounds more Africaan. Any app with privicy concept , am for it
Alexander Smekhov
Alexander Smekhov@asmekhov · Managing Director
Privacy is a big concern today, how are you going to provide it? What parts of social network will be secure? Only messaging or smth else too?
Avthar Sewrathan
Avthar SewrathanMaker@avthars1 · Co-founder of Afari | @Princeton CS
@bitrewards Our philosophy is that users should be in control of their data and should have choice over who can access it. The first step in that direction was innovation on the dimension of data ownership - users keep their data in their own storage systems thanks to Blockstack, a decentralized naming and storage system. This means that we can't share user data without user consent (like what happened in Cambridge Analytica). This also means that users have much greater control over their non-public data (e.g profile information, ad profile etc), as users can get much more fine grained access control through encryption, since we don't own user encryption keys. Apart from that, we plan to build features that give users more control over which groups of people see content they post, who they follow etc. On messaging - we plan to integrate encrypted messaging into the platform. Privacy means different things to different people -- would love to hear more about any privacy features related to social media that you'd specifically like to see!
Kari McMahon
Kari McMahon@karimcmahon · Product & UX Nerd
@avthars1 Maybe this is a long way off but I'd be interested to know. Do you think users will be able to generate small personal revenue by giving the company access to their "block data" for sharing for ads, etc ? How do you see this social media framework monetising ?
Avthar Sewrathan
Avthar SewrathanMaker@avthars1 · Co-founder of Afari | @Princeton CS
@karimcmahon There could be a world in which users actually get compensated for making their data available for companies to train their ML algos on. It's entirely possible and we're exploring if it's feasible