Web+ (from ar.al)


To give you an idea on where @aral’s research is currently leading…

My personal blog is now a Web+ site.

A what?

Well, it’s a web site but also a little more than a regular web site. It’s available on the regular web at https://ar.al, but it is also available on the peer-to-peer Web (henceforth “Peer Web”) via the DAT protocol at dat://ar.al.



So I half followed aral’s update on the subject when he tweeted about it a few weeks ago understanding only half of what was going on.

Then i followed your link @laura and after reading @aral’s post (which helped me understand the other half of what i’d missed out :wink: ) I downloaded the Beaker Browser and connected to the dat version. Pretty awesome, sounds so promising !

So is the DAT protocol the beginning of the decentralized indie web ? Is ind.ie joining it’s ambition of building a new web into this “Peer web” ?


Brilliant, thank you :slightly_smiling_face:. Who’d have thought, a use for QR codes!!


This is very exciting, just have a couple of questions.

  • Is Web+ a term coined by @aral?
  • Does the Peer Web mean a dat:// site has to be ‘hosted’ by a peer for it to be visible?
  • Is there a simple explanation of how Dat DNS works?
  • And finally, has anyone made the “What’s Dat?” joke yet? (oh the fun we had with Digital Audio Tape…)