Speaking of decentralization, Aral Balkan and the fine folks at ind.ie have been hard at work.

Yesterday, they shipped the first alpha release of Heartbeat, a new decentralized sharing network.

I find Heartbeat to be quite exciting, both as a tool, and as perhaps the first “modern” decentralized social network I know of. By modern, I mean that Heartbeat knowingly embraces the capabilities (and limitations) of its underlying decentralized protocols while — and this is essential — providing a genuinely great user experience.

Of course, it’s still very early days for Heartbeat and for decentralization in general. I can’t wait to see what’s next.