The Timeservice Broadcast sends network heartbeats in regular intervals, currently every 10 minutes. One of the services run by AyrA.
Subscribtion to the Address BM-BcbRqcFFSQUUmXFKsPJgVQPSiFA3Xash is required. After subscribing, the client will receive a message every 10 minutes if he is connected to the core network. The subscription can be disabled or deleted any time to stop the messages from clogging up the inbox.
This is not an echo service, it will not automatically reply to messages sent to it, however, the admin sometimes does manually reply.
The time service can be used for multiple purposes
The time service puts some randomnes to the network and ensures that it has always something to do.
If users subscribe to the time service they can verify, they are connected to the core network, in case they think something in their connection is wrong.
Actual time telling
The time service tells the accurate time (it is maximum 2 minutes behind the actual time if you receive the message). In case users want to hide even the time zone they are in, they can always add the note, that the time and date they use in messages are timeservice based, this requires setting the computer clock to UTC.
The service has no impact on the network, it causes 144 messages every 24 hours.
Comparison to echo servers
An echo service will reply to your message. Like a mailing list, an echo service has to compute proof of work for the messages it receives. If it is under load, such as a large influx in echo service users, your reply may be further delayed. Broadcasts can support unlimited users without causing any additional load on the network, but it does not allow the user to check if he can send messages to the network.
The current message is the UTC time it was generated (The entry below is an actual message):
Bitmessage Time Service Network alive @ 03.09.2013 07:56:56 UTC This represents the Time when the Message was generated, not when the processing finished. Do not set this time as your computer time. bitmessage.ch - Free Bitmessage <-> E-Mail Gateway Anonymous E-Mail and Bitmessaging with your E-Mail application or in your Browser Bitmessage E-Mail Application - https://bitmessage.org/forum/index.php/topic,1587.0.html Local Mail server to use Bitmessage from your E-Mail client 24x7 Mailing List - BM-GuRLKDhQA5hAhE6PDQpkcvbtt1AuXAdQ Subscribe to this address to receive Bitmessage updates BitText - BM-GtkZoid3xpTUnwxezDfpWtYAfY6vgyHd Pastebin for Bitmessage. Send a message with "HELP" as the subject for more informations. ======================================== Values below are for programmatic access [PROG-ACCESS] DATE=03.09.2013 TIME=07:56:56 UNIX=1378195016.19141