Why do we need nostr?

Social media is broken

TThe contemporary landscape of social communication is primarily characterized by a limited number of expansive, centralized platforms. These entities wield substantial influence over the dynamics of our interactions and the manner in which we engage with one another. They possess the authority to determine permissible content within their domains and retain the discretion to enact censorship or user bans at their discretion.

This centralization of power has led to a number of problems:

  • Privacy concerns: Centralized social media platforms collect a vast amount of data about their users. This data can be used to track users' activities, target them with advertising, and even influence their behavior.
  • Censorship: Centralized social media platforms often censor content that they deem to be controversial or offensive. This has led to accusations of bias and suppression of free speech.
  • Security risks: Centralized social media platforms are a major target for cyberattacks. These attacks can result in the theft of user data and even the disruption of the service itself.

nostr fixes all of these issues by being an open and decentralized protocol.

Decentralized social communication offers a solution to these problems. Decentralized social communication networks are not controlled by a single entity. Instead, they are spread across a the Internet, ran by independent server operators. This makes it much more difficult for anyone to censor or control the content.

Is nostr for you?

  • nostr might be for you if you don't want a large tech companies, such as Meta or X, to hold and be in charge of all your social data.
  • nostr might befor you if you want to use social media to communicate with people online in an ad-free, algorithm-free environment — like you used to years ago. Just humans being humans without software getting in the way.
  • nostr might befor you if you hate platform lock-in. You can ditch any nostr client and join another without losing all your friends and content. When you switch Nostr clients, your entire social graph comes with you.