Sunday, February 3, 2019

Different Choices: Tox

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This post is part of a series where I explore and review alternatives to the more popular social media platforms. This series was inspired by "It May Be Time to Start Making Different Choices," 30 December 2018.

The boring bit
Tox is not a social media platform. It's an instant messaging service. Sorry.

It can serve as a replacement to texting, but isn't limited to those with smartphones. You can also easily use one account across multiple device and multiple programs, which is not something you can do with Patchwork or Manyverse.

It demonstrates end-to-end encryption, but unlike Signal, you can't chat without the encryption, and you can only talk to other people who also have Tox. It's open source, free to use, and has no advertisements.

Less boring

Like Manyverse, if you don't know anyone else on Tox, it's not easy to find anyone else to talk to.

However, you can publish your user name publicly when you sign up for an account to the directory, though the people who look at the listing are mostly lonely, fifty-plus-year-old men. Good luck with that.

Tox is polished. It works flawlessly. I just don't have anyone to talk to.

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