Every Mastodon instance is a point of centralisation but you can use any of them or stand up your own, it's much the same way with email. If you don't care for one server's policies or prices or whatever you're free to move anywhere you want.
That's something you don't get from other services.
@flab No the text content is only visible to the other party in this. Say if you use Gmail messages are stored on their servers in a machine readable form hence search works on Web UI. But i. This if you send Delta to Delta message then it is encrypted end to end.
@flab I uses PGP and Have mailvelope/Kleopatra/Enigmail for thunderbird but this is way easier and faster.
When using this, E-mail service providers do get all the info though, isn't it? For example if the other person and I both using gmail accounts to sign up and chat , google gets all the metadata, considering that this app end to end encrypts the chat. But if the other person is not using the app and using their email, then there's no way for the app to apply E2E and google(or email service provider) can read messeges too along with metadata.
@redstarfish yeah! So it's E2E for App only. But for normal messages it doesn't encrypt e2e rather sends it the old fashion way.
Yeah! But this seems to be a better way to email than conventional methods! It has autocrypt, seamless login and setup experience and stability.
You also already have everyone's contact info since it uses existing email addresses, with XMPP you have to know that it's firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, etc.
That's the real killer feature of this thing.
Tracked yes! But they can't see the encrypted data. And using GMail is just an option not a recommendation. A lot of people use it so I thought of mentioning the support.
And while I was having breaksfast, I remembered where I had heard the name.
A few Cuban young people were hanging out and chatting away, I joined them to practice Spanish and was fun. Then it became clear they were still living in Cuba - and that surprised me, that they could be connected into the Mastodon instances, while still physically there. Internet in Cuba was slow, hard to find and expensive last time I was there.
They explained that they used their government issued email accounts and something called #deltachat . Aha!
This has opened a channel they wouldn't have otherwise; our chat was fast paced, and knowing it worked bridging these and across national barriers to other traffic is great.
@esperera_98 is at our instance, some others were from different ones.
there are similar non-open-source alternatives here, since mail is the only way some of us have to access internet, this is changing though #cuba
anyway, #DeltaChat is a great option and its best asset is the big (and growing) community of developers and enthusiasts
@design_RG @delta @esperera_98
I haven't visited Cuba in many years, am very fond of the country. I am happy that this bridge is opening for you.
The Revolution needs to update itself, the struggle is very real and widespread nowadays.
Future belongs to the younger, as we all have a limited time on this planet. Cheering for you all, hermanos y hermanas.
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