I have professional experience with deploying mobile apps to Google Play since 2013 and have been coding since 2005.
Manyverse is a very unique app for two reasons: it does peer-to-peer communication with other phones nearby, and it uses Node.js for that. Putting Node.js into a mobile app is very unusual and comes with its own set of challenges and there are very few people on the internet who can help you. We had to use Node.js because it was the simplest way of using the existing "SSB" libraries, which comprise the peer-to-peer social network protocol that we use. Being peer-to-peer also means that the app has to act as a server (and simultaneously client, too) and this has additional difficulties on mobile because the operating system (especially iOS) frequently pauses apps that are not in the foreground.
Andre's development experience spans nearly two decades, and in all these years, he believes in transparency and digital freedom.
I like Telegram because it has a superb user experience and UI performance is always smooth. It's also free of ads and any such distractions, and it's open-source which means you can learn a lot about how they build some features. Another honorable mention goes to Tuner ( https://github.com/billthefarmer/tuner ) because it's a one-screen app with no buttons, and does what it promises really well. It always opens up instantly and immediately provides value, with good UI performance and technical accuracy for musicians.
I started working on Manyverse early 2017, and published the first version on September 2018. Every month since then I have written a monthly newsletter informing people of updates to the project.
People need some form of social networking on mobile that does not involve a company acting as an intermediary. Manyverse is built to respect users' privacy, respect their ownership of data, and does not have any ads or analytics or tracking of any kind. We just want to build a good app that solves communication needs, without monetizing the features in the app. We are also open-source and transparent.
All social content is stored on the user's device, so this means you can always use it, whether online or offline in the airplane or in the jungle. I believe Manyverse is the only social networking app that provides this guarantee, and it means it's very resilient, it won't go "down", it won't disappear suddenly, and it doesn't depend on some company existing in order for it to work. Another benefit of this design is that it respects your privacy very well. On the App Store, I see that all other social apps collect user data of some kind, but Manyverse's privacy section on the App Store is completely blank, we don't collect any data at all.
We are currently working on developing Manyverse for desktop (macOS, Windows, Linux), and it's almost ready. On our roadmap https://www.manyver.se/roadmap/ , we describe all the future features, such as better community safety systems, and better usage of the device storage.
We have no monetization, but I'm working full-time on this app, so the best you can do is financially support us. Even $2 monthly makes a difference. On top of that, it means you also subscribe to our monthly email newsletter where we update you on the progress we made. On our donate page https://www.manyver.se/donate/ has all the details on how we use the funds received, we are committed to radical transparency.
Manyverse is a social network app using the SSB protocol (Secure Scuttlebutt) where you can write posts and share with friends nearby or over the internet. It's different from mainstream social networks because your data is yours, it lives on your phone, not in the cloud.
So there is no login, no company holding your data, no ads, no tracking of your activity, it's just you and your friends!
The app is free and open-source software, and it will always remain free.
- Write posts (even when offline)
- Share posts to friends over the internet or nearby (in the same Wi-Fi or with Bluetooth)
- Scroll through many conversations with friends and add your own comments
- More features as we develop the app!
Date: October 30, 2021
Developer: Andre Staltz
About developer: Andre's development experience spans nearly two decades, and in all these ye ... Read more