Scuttlebutt is slang for gossip, particularly among sailors. It is also the name of a peer-to-peer system ideal for social graphs, identity and messaging. Scuttlebutt was created by Dominic Tarr, a Node.js developer with more than 600 modules published on npm, who lives on a self-steering sailboat in New Zealand.
This post is written by André Staltz, who has written extensively on the fate of the web in the face of mass digital migration to corporate social networks, and is a core contributor to the Scuttlebutt project.
For those who didn’t know, this is the talk by #Eben_Moglen
that inspired four students in New York to launch #diaspora
*, the first #decentralized #socialnetwork
. Eben was talking about a solution though where you’d hold your account in your own pocket, so to speak. It was never about pods or #federation
. Incidentally, this original vision is fulfilled more accurately by now in the form of a project named #Scuttlebutt