New to Okuna? Early users share answers to frequently asked user questions.

Where is the Okuna desktop app?

Okuna is planning to release a desktop app in summer 2019.

While we wait for the official desktop app, Okuna user @999eagle has built an app to allow use of Okuna on your desktop. It is available for Mac, Linux, and Windows. Get it here: https://gitlab.com/999eagle/openbook-desktop/releases

A note from Okuna founder @Joel: “It is pretty amazing! As a security-mindful team however, we must ask everyone to use the app at their own risk. We have not verified the source code nor checked the binaries.”

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What’s the difference between following and connecting?

When you follow someone, it means you want to see posts from that user. It does not mean that user will see your private posts.

Connecting is a mutual relationship. It is similar to “friending” on Facebook. When you connect with a user, you are saying you are willing to let that user see some of your non-public posts. (You will be able to choose which ones.)

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What’s a circle?

Circles are a way to organize your connections. They are similar to Friends on Facebook, except on Okuna, you can have more than one circle. For example, you can create a private circle called “Friends,” another private circle called “Family,” and another one called “Work.” Posts you share with a circle will only be seen by members of that circle.

If you organize your connections into circles, you can also filter your timeline accordingly.

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What’s a list?

Lists are a way to organize people or pages you follow. One common way to use lists is to organize public figures, brands, or organizations. You may want to see their posts in your timeline, but you don’t expect them to connect with you, and you don’t necessarily want to share your private posts with them.

Organize the public figures, brands, or organizations you follow into lists, so you can filter your timeline accordingly.

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What’s a community?

Communities are similar to groups on Facebook. Interested in photography? Create a community or join an existing community for it. Posts you share with the community will be seen by members of that community. Posts from the community will appear in your timeline. Communities can be set up to be public or private.

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Who can see my posts? How do I control who sees my posts?

Any post can be either public or private. You choose the audience for your post before you publish it. When you post to a community, that post will be either public or private depending on whether the community itself is private or public. If you only post privately, your Okuna profile page will appear mostly blank to users who are not part of your circles.

Privacy-minded users can use circles to control who sees different types of private posts. When you add a connection to a circle, that connection can see all posts you have ever shared with that circle. If you remove the connection from the circle, the connection loses access to those posts.

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How can I grow my following? How can new people find me?

If you want new people to follow you, include a bio on your Okuna profile. List the topics that interest you. Consider posting publicly at least some of the time. Participate in public conversations, either in communities or those hosted by individual users on their profiles.

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How is Okuna different from other social platforms – really?

Okuna doesn’t track anything you do. You can be sure of this because Okuna’s code is open-source. This means Okuna is built to be completely transparent; anyone who wants to look at the code can see how Okuna works. It is impossible for Okuna ever to slide in a mechanism to track you without your knowledge.

Besides being totally committed to keeping your information secure, Okuna is also committed to giving back. 30% of Okuna’s profits go to charities.

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I’m already on Facebook. Why should I switch to Okuna?

We understand that your connections on Facebook are important to you. It’s hard to walk away from easy access to family and friends.

That said, Facebook tracks everything you do on the web – even outside the Facebook app. You have absolutely no privacy where they’re concerned. Time after time, Facebook has not been trustworthy about protecting your data. Your Facebook data may be used to profit or aid companies and organizations that you would not knowingly support.

Facebook has also reportedly participated in “friendly fraud,” prioritizing profit over the welfare of their users.

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I was a Google+ user. Why should I move to Okuna instead of to Twitter, MeWe, Minds, Diaspora, etc.?

Everyone has different reasons for using social media. If your priority is communicating in a safe environment, where people are free to exchange ideas, but not free to be abusive, then Okuna is for you.

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How does Okuna plan to make money?

How Okuna plans to make money so it can serve users sustainably and with integrity is a very important question. Okuna’s founder answers it in this blog post on Medium: “So, how will Okuna make money?” 

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Do you want to support Okuna?

We’re happy and grateful if you want to help out! There are many ways you can help right now. Here are some ideas:

Have another question? Send us a message!

This info is also in the App menu under “Usefull links”.