If there's one tool that I have found to be beneficial during #covid19 social distancing, it's Keybase.
While it doesn't have the audio/video calling of others, it has provided the most consistent experience in a messaging platform, with privacy and security as a key focus.
If someone were wanting to move their certain social group to an online system, Keybase is a great option.
It has a better user experience on all devices than other privacy-minded systems, and has some great non-messaging features like file sharing to round things out.
Last year, I went through all the free secure messaging platforms I could find, and Keybase was one of the three "finalists": https://levisan.me/blog/encrypted-messenger-showdown
What's your affiliation with keybase?
@MarkInNY Nothing other than happy user since very early on (signed up before they had a chat platform and it was just an encryption tool)
@MarkInNY It's better, I say.
- No forcing you to use a phone number
- Better cross-platform-ness (everything can be done on both mobile and desktop, and no requirement to have either)
- More "other" features that Signal doesn't have (Slack-like "teams", file sharing, git hosting, various crypto tools)
It is a bit more geeky for the average joe to figure out, but once set up it's no harder to use.
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