- Mastodon is a federated and open version of twitter. You can use choose between multiple different competing public and private servers called instances. You can also run and use your own instance which is best practice from a trust perspective. Users can interact and 'follow' across instances.

- DMs are not encrypted so instance admins can read them.

- The bitcoinhackers instance is run by @nvk who we trust to keep it up, protect our privacy, and to not censor us.

@mattodell don't trust me, just assume there is no privacy. This is run on best effort basis.

@mattodell @nvk I mean, what specifically would he be protecting re: privacy? Other than DMs and some metadata like IP addresses, everything is public.

@mattodell @nvk I'd suggest a VPN. :)

My email is ridiculously public, so that's not an issue for me... But could be for some.

@pete The real risk is cross-instance DMs. If you trust @nvk and only DM on this instance its "private."

If I DMed you right now I have to trust your instance operator to respect "private" flags and not relay publicly last I checked.

@shinobimonkey @pete There is also a non zero chance this instance gets pwn and data leaks.

Jsut assume everything is public.

@nvk I know, just spelling out the differences in trust assumptions intra-instance versus cross instance.

@shinobimonkey @nvk if you DM me right now, my instance operator is me. :) @pete

@pete So I have to trust...the guy who tried to bribe me to attack Bitcoin? no thanks. 😂

@shinobimonkey Damn right. You should send him a DM on Twitter instead. 😂

@mattodell @nvk hey Matt thanks for recommending Foundation hww’s. I don’t agree with you that it’s better than cold cards but it’s pretty good 🙃

@cycryptr @nvk I never recommended foundation. I would never recommend an unreleased product.

@SatsRoubini No, you can tell I'm not. See how it says after my name?

I probably should though.

@mattodell yeah, I looked after I asked, getting it sorted out. A guide would be cool if you setup your own

@mattodell @nvk Just use Matrix (albo decentralized and federated) to DMs

@Crypto_Popsicle @mattodell @nvk

Matrix is a something like Discord, but Decentralized. It's a protocol for chats.

@mattodell @nvk If I'm going to have a trusted third party, @nvk is much a much better option than Twitter!

@mattodell succinctly describes what Mastodon is and how to use it. Thank you.


@mattodell @nvk On darknets any message you wanted private would be PGP encrypted with the receivers public key. Although inconvenient, it could be useful to display your public key on your profile to allow people to DM with pgp encryption if private DM's become a desire

@mattodell @nvk I'm completely clueless about this kind of tech, but is it feasible to have my own mastodon instance running my own node like umbrel / mynode?

@mattodell @nvk
How hard is it to hack up an encrypted storage of DM data for the server?

@mattodell @nvk @Bqa good to have you here Matt. Let’s prioritize Mastodon.

Rodolfo, I appreciate your investment in this effort.

@mattodell @nvk started up my own:, shall be open for free egistration for now

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