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[liberationtech] Vole is P2P social network that uses BitTorrent

Mark Theunissen mark.theunissen at
Sat Jun 29 13:41:22 PDT 2013

Hi list,

We've created an open-source (MIT license) social networking app that
stands on the shoulders of BitTorrent Sync. It runs in the browser, looks
kinda like Twitter.

Vole is a small web server written in Go that you run locally. It presents
a browser interface and saves JSON back to the user's shared folder. It
works really well, however the major blockers are the lack of an API in
BitTorrent Sync (meaning manual steps are required to follow users) and the
fact that BTSync is not open source.

BitTorrent is a great protocol for distributing data efficiently, and the
latest labs experiment from them called BitTorrent Sync allows you to share
a folder, much like Dropbox, by distributing a read-only key to others.

We aren't affiliated with BitTorrent Sync, however we have been in contact
with their team to see how we can work together.

We're still very early however we have a working MVP. If you're an
interested developer, please do take a look at the source and run it

I hope this doesn't violate the list rules against product promotion and
hard selling: we are open source and free software.

We're just seeing if anyone is interested in contributing or has any

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