Scuttlebutt is a social network and it works like others social apps we already use. The key difference is that it is decentralised, meaning not centralised.
Therefore, it works by not one company or database holding all the information, but it’s spread out and held by all your friends, and each of our computers.
The easiest way to learn about Scuttlebutt is to dive right in.
Step 1: Download
Download the app that suits you (see descriptions).
Each one allows you to access the same Scuttlebutt universe, just through different interfaces. Just like how we can access the internet with different browsers.
Once you create a profile, all your data will be stored locally on your device.
For more information and support, visit the website for your chosen app’s maintainer.
(Windows, MacOS, Linux)
Standalone, beginner-friendly social view of Scuttlebutt.
Recommended for first-timers.
(Windows, MacOS, Linux)
Bleeding-edge, tab-based interface with experimental features.
Off-grid mobile app, currently in beta.
A new way to access Scuttlebutt packaged as a Web Extension for Firefox. Needs you to run sbot, or have Patchwork/Patchbay running.
These are currently the most popular apps, but there are many more apps to choose from!
Step 2: Boot it up
Whichever app you choose, open the application. Below, we’ll guide you through the Patchwork app.
Start by setting up your profile. This might include choosing friendly picture for your profile, or writing a little about yourself.
You can change this all later. It’s possible to discover your old names and photo and description, so consider the privacy implications of whatever you choose. You may want to start with a temporary-feeling identity and change it later once you settle in.
Step 3: Get Connected
Since Scuttlebutt is a decentralized, peer-to-peer network, it’s up to you to decide what content to download and share.
The easiest way to try it all out is to join a pub; ask someone you know for a pub invite! You can also follow friends directly by exchanging keys.
Go to the list of pub servers, and get an invite code from one.
Use the Invite Code
The invite code is a special unique code, that allows you to be “invited” into a particular community or group of people. If you use Patchwork, can click “+ Join Pub” in the top left corner of Patchwork and paste in the invite code.
Step 4: Get the Gossip
The first time you join the network there will be a lot to download and process. For real, this “inital syncing” process can take up to an hour and use a couple of gigabytes.
It’s a good time to go have a cup of tea or to watch the Scuttlebutt Love Story.
Step 5: Get Social!
Woo yay! Congrats! You’ve made it!
We have a tradition that new people write introductions in the
#new-people channel. You can also now follow new people you find, ‘like’ discussions, private message people and follow channels!
Check out the detailed Get Started Guide for more info.