I uninstalled Keybase from a computer. I don't know what it is good for.
The intersection of (set of people that talk to me on a regular basis) and (set of of people that are likely to use encryption), which is admittedly very small, use Signal or GPG anyway.
The filesystem is promising and could be useful.
Do you use Keybase? What do you use it for? Are you worried about lock-in? What will happen if/when Keybase runs out of money?
(They're backed by the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz.)
@sajith I have it running and I'm starting to wonder myself. @PresGas is really into it and was trying to get more people to sign up but I'm starting to feel like it's the wrong tool for the kinds of things we want to actually accomplish. I mean you can use keybase to contact strangers on the net knowing their websites or github accounts, and that's cool. But it's not a common use case (for me). Keyservers are lousy, though.
Perhaps Keybase could run an actual (and better) keyserver also, in addition to all the other stuff they're doing? I think such a thing will make Keybase more useful to me, and many other people that do not want to run the desktop app.
I'm afraid that VC money has placed them in a risky position. There's perhaps room for a small sustainable business in this space, but not for a high-growth startup VCs are after.
@kensanata @sajith I will say I am also starting to agree with you too. However, I think that it is exactly because people aren't "kicking the tires". Many of the features are super new; chat, teams and git remotes were just this year. I would say this is an extremely active project:
Their primary investor has an interesting portfolio, geared towards human beings as people, not products (from what I see)
I plan on stepping back and just watching for a bit myself. I suspect if the company folds, much of its tech will be easily forkable.
@PresGas @kensanata Yes, certainly Keybase is a good project that could/should do a lot better. I actually would like to see them thriving rather than the Ubers an Facebooks of the world, you know? :-)
It's just that I don't have a network of people that are already on Keybase.
I just finished reading "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz. I understand they're different from more traditional Silicon Valley VC firms, but even they would eventually want a profit.