I’ve been promoting the Steem Blockchain for several years. As a result of that, I’m getting many questions from followers concerning the Steemit Tron controversy. I think this video with Steemit witness, Luke Stokes does a great job of explaining many aspects of Steemit and the latest news surrounding the purchase of Steemit by Justin Tron.
The interview covers many subjects including the fact that Steemit was purchased by Sun, but the Steem blockchain can not be purchased. The role of the witnesses in protecting the blockchain is also discussed.
Perhaps one of the best lessons of this entire experience is to get your crypto off of the exchanges. If you do not control your keys, you do not control your crypto.
While the future path of Steemit remains somewhat uncertain, some facts are undeniable. The graph above shows Google Trends according to keyword during the past 90 days. This particular graph depicts the trends worldwide.
I entered the following keywords Steem, Tron, Steemit, and Justin Sun. As you can see both Steem and Steemit are almost flatlined. Tron, however is trending much higher. One could argue that Steemit is an active community and people do not need to Google it, but if growth is our goal we want to see Google Trends trending higher. I know many details need to be discussed, but I think we can all agree that Steemit and Steem will receive increased attention during the next few months due to the acquisition of Steemit by Justin Sun.
I hope this increased attention will include the many Steem projects such as Steemhunt, 3Speak, Steempress, Dtube, Splinterlands, Appics, Esteem, Busy and the communities that Steemit has spent years in developing. I also think it is a plus that many of the Tron dapps are gambling and gaming dapps much different from many of the Steemit projects. Steemit has many positives and now we have the spotlight to show the world. I’m sure I’ve left out many Steem projects. Please share your favorites in the comments.
The title of this post should be “Justin Sun buys Steemit and everyone is freaking out!”. I understand the concern of the unknown and the fear of change, but I think we are overlooking some of the obvious positives.
First of all, Justin purchased Steemit, not the Steem blockchain. Steemit is basically a community that uses Steem. Why would Justin purchase this community if his plan was to change it into a Tron community? The Tron community already has a huge following and quite a few dapps in the entertainment genre. In fact during the recent crypto bear market, Tron was one of the few communities who maintained a high profile on Crypto Twitter and YouTube. When most the crypto community almost disappeared, Justin Sun was still in the news, explaining, promoting, and introducing crypto to new audiences. In my opinion, this was one area where Steem faltered. I think Ned and Dan were brilliant in their creation of Steem and Steemit. I will always be grateful for the opportunity these two provided. I do think, however, that Steem could have used a full time PR guy. We were so busy talking to each other about how great Steem was that we neglected to bring in new people.
In this respect, I think Justin Sun and the Tron community might be just the medicine Steemit needs. When I’m on Youtube I see dozens of videos about the latest Tron dapp. Transfer that enthusiasm to Steemit and we may see some much needed new blood and new users on Steemit.
For the record, Steem was my first altcoin and I love the community. By the same token, I also invested in Tron over a year ago. I didn’t know that much about Tron, but Justin Sun was everywhere talking about it. I kept hearing that Tron would change the entertainment community. After hearing this from Sun and the entire Tron community, I realized I did not want to miss out. If Justin Sun and his Tron community can bring some of that enthusiasm to Steemit, I welcome them.
Hopefully, we will finally find an answer to an easy way to on board new users as well. Growing the Steemit community is a good thing for all of us if we can stop freaking out long enough to realize it.
Many Steemians, including me, assumed that Dan Larimer’s Voice project would just be another Steemit using EOS instead of Steem. I just received the invitation to beta test Voice and realized that Voice will not be another Steemit.
First of all, user’s identities will be confirmed which means users will use their real names. Avatars or profiles will be a selfie which adds another layer of confirmed identity. According to the email I received, the initial roll out will be for the United States with plans to add other countries in the near future. The content of Voice beta will only be visible to logged in registered users during the first few weeks, but will become visible to the public at a later date.
Voice beta will use HooYu to confirm you are a real person and reside in the USA.
I think the identity confirmation alone makes Voice a very different platform. Quite possibly Voice will appeal to users with a public platform and following as opposed to the casual blogger or Instagram type poster.
I think the fact that Voice is a very different animal than Steemit is a plus for both platforms. The uniqueness of each platform will hopefully make them both a success.
Yesterday I was posting about the price of Steem jumping over 4 %. At One point today the price of Steem had risen a little over 40%. At the time of this post Steem continues to be up over 38%.
Price of Steem Jumps
The Steem blockchain is in the process of testing Smart Media Tokens. The testing started a few months ago and should continue through the Spring. If you are on Steemit, you already know the potential for Smart Media Tokens. In simple terms, Smart Media Tokens will allow companies to tokenize their own websites, projects, and companies almost instantly. Companies my create their own token which will run on the Steem blockchain. These Smart media tokens may be customized by participating companies while utilizing one of the most active blockchains in the world, the Steem blockchain.
As internet users become more aware of the constant invasion of privacy by big tech companies like Google, the search for alternatives has intensified. Duck Duck Go has become a popular alternative as an internet search engine. This search engine works like Google without all of the tracking.
The Brave browser, which is an internet browser that allows the user to control their data, has also enjoyed an increase in usage. The Brave browser allows you to opt in to some advertising and be paid for viewing the ads. Payment is made in the cryptocurrency, (BAT) Basic Attention Token. For almost 20 years, internet users have assumed they were the customers of big tech companies like Facebook and Google only to realize that in fact they and their data have been the product all along.
Steemit is a blogging platform that allows bloggers to monetize their content without fear of censorship. Bloggers may post directly on Steemit or use the Steempress WordPress plugin. Content providers are paid in the cryptocurrency, Steem. Steemit is built on the Steem blockchain which insures that content will not be removed as we have seen on both You Tube and Facebook.
At long last, the Smart Media Token Testnet is live. Developers may now build a project for their business on the Steem Blockchain. The testnet allows developers to run their project and look for bugs.
How will SMT’s change Steemit? I think once the SMT’s go live that Steemit will be a very different place. I think it will be a better place. The opportunity for entrepreneurs to tokenize their brand and their websites on the Steem blockchain will introduce an entirely new base of Steem users. Companies will be able to tokenize and monetize their sites using the Steem protocol and will be able to do so at a minimal cost. While these companies will be part of the Steem ecosystem, they will also maintain their independence by assigning their owns set of rules and rewards to their unique token.
The benefits to Steemit are obvious. Thousands of new users and an expanded user base insures more traffic. The demand for Steem power will increase as new token holders find the need for more resource credits in order to function on the Steem blockchain. The need for resource credits should result in increased investment in Steem and an overall incentive to power up.
I think many of us have maintained a somewhat myopic view of Steem over the past year. We’ve been focusing so much on Steemit that we have forgotten the bigger picture of bringing the entire internet world to Steem.
I think the implementation of Smart Media Tokens will force our community to focus on the bigger picture of the entire Steem ecosystem which has the potential to revolutionize the way we produce and view content on the internet.
I recently attempted to run an advertising campaign on Reddit. The campaign was a link to earning EOS by watching a few educational videos. Considering Reddit is the home of multiple forums on cryptocurrency, you would think the platform would be open to this type of advertising. My ad was rejected almost immediately.
As a result of this experience, I began to think about advertising on Steemit. What would advertising without bots look like on Steemit? Steemit has a built in crypto smart audience. Having a receptive base with a knowledge of blockchain and cryptocurrency should be an attractive audience for any crypto related project. Steemit is unique in that all of the Steemit users are dealing with crypto and blockchain on a daily basis. I would like to see some kind of option to opt in to advertising on Steemit.
Another possibility is offering advertising which would be paid for in Steem and then burning that Steem to help raise the price of Steem.
One of the most useful tools I’ve found for navigating Steemit is a site called SteemWorld The site includes all the stats you need to use Steemit. You can see your current voting power. You may also see the value of your vote at 100% and various other voting powers.
One of the most interesting tools on the site is the simulated Steempower tool. This tool enables you to enter any amount of Steempower in order to see how much a vote would be worth at this power at the current Steem price.
You may also see stats concerning Steem power earned by both curation and author rewards. The mentions tab will show you when and where you were mentioned on Steemit. You may also see your reputation score.
As you gain more Steempower and curate on a daily basis, you will find this site invaluable to keep up with all of your voting stats.