I don’t think it’s decentralised though, even if the client and server code are open source. We should be using Matrix protocol.
Yes, and… messaging tools only work if the people you want to talk to also use it. Signal is something that more people who aren’t super privacy aware are willing to use, and gives decent protection to those of us that are privacy concerned.
Why do you think Signal is easier to use for the lay person? Both can add the app and sign up there, no?
If you say, “hey, use Signal”, you’ve given someone an explicit app to use. It’s a binary choice to use it or not. It has a single set of selling points that convince the person or don’t.
If you say “hey, use a matrix client”, you’ve saddled them with a decision of not just whether to use Matrix or not, but which Matrix client they should use. You’ve exponentially added to their decision complexity, as now even if they decide to use Matrix, they also have to figure out how they’re going to pick from the available clients, and then make that decision.
That may sound hyperbolic, but watch people in the grocery store sitting there staring at their options. It doesn’t really matter if they get Sugar Flakey Corn Puffs or Puffy Corn Sugar Flakes, but they’ll sit and stare at the two boxes like they’re trying solve world peace.
I understand where you are going but you can just say use Element (used to be Riot). That is the most common client. If they want to go deeper they can but dont even need to know there are others.
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Security is only as good as its weakest point, so I think it’s more important to get the completely unaware using something at least as good as Signal than it is to get people who are aware using something better than Signal.
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