• 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,“ allowing for censorship-resistant and permissionless communications.
• Twitter is also trying to catch up with its competitors, recently announcing the launch of a payment system, which could include crypto on the app.

After three failed attempts, Nostr has finally launched its most popular mobile app, Damus, on the App Store. Damus, a decentralized social networking platform, promises to replace centrally-controlled social networks and is powered by Nostr, which is based on cryptographic keypairs. 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 reacted to the news by tweeting: “a milestone for open protocols…#nostr is now officially on the Apple App Store with @damusapp“

Nostr markets Damus as the „social network you control.“ It allows for censorship-resistant and permissionless communications, with users able to send private encrypted messages with the destination user’s public key. Only the private key corresponding to that public key can decrypt the message. Nostr utilizes decentralized relays to distribute messages sent on Damus, and the app also has built-in payments through the Bitcoin Layer-2 Lightning Network.

The launch of Damus on the app store is a significant milestone for decentralized social media networks and adds more competition to Twitter. Twitter is trying to catch up with its competitors by recently announcing the launch of a payment system, which could include crypto on the app. This could potentially bridge the gap between centralized and decentralized social networks, but it remains to be seen how this will play out.

Regardless, the launch of Damus is an important step towards a more open and transparent social media platform, one that is not controlled by any one entity. With the launch of Damus, users can now have more control over their data, allowing them to make their own decisions about how it is shared and used. It is an exciting development for those who are looking for a more secure and private social media experience.