‘Decentralized Reddit’ Steemit Awards $1.3 Million to Users
steemit-shareOn July 5, the Steemit (steemit.com) social media platform distributed 10% of the Steem market cap to reward contributors and early adopters of the newly created community. So far there are lots of content submissions with a vast array of subject matter spanning topics such as gardening, politics, and finances.
Steemit, a decentralized social media platform, is celebrating its third month of operation and to make it even more memorable, so the company decided to add this multimillion dollar payout as a milestone.
The CEO of Steemit Ned Scott said during the announcement the distribution has marked a “pivotal moment” for the social media platform. This comes after exponential growth from its user base growing 1,600% from May to June. During June and July, the Steemit community doubled again, says the company, as it continues its path of progressive expansion.
Contributions have come from all over the world including users from “mainstream media, cryptocurrency enthusiasts, social media buffs, and tech-savvy writers.” Scott explains:
This was an opportunity for us to thank our growing community, to reward them for building a sustainable ecosystem that’s much more than the sum of its parts. Yesterday, more than $1.3 million worth of the Steem supply was distributed into the wallets of thousands of users across the world. From every corner, users have been drawn to Steemit because the system actually rewards thoughtful comments, unlike Reddit or Twitter. The community and the blockchain together power a system that gets better and better every day.
So far half of the $1.3 million supply of Steem was distributed in Steem Dollars, which each is worth roughly one USD. The other half of the paid out supply came in the form of Steem Power, which is a cryptocurrency that enables voting power within the social media’s platform. Since the platform is open source and transparent, people can see that things are not being cheated or manipulated. It also keeps the community free from censorship, the team says, and has allowed third party applications to be built with its technology. This includes platforms such as steemle.com (user tracking charts) and steemd.com (category specific threads).
“Because it’s based entirely on a blockchain, Steemit shows what social media can look like without censorship,” Scott continues. “Everything we see on Steemit.com comes from the open source Steem blockchain, so the entire network is replicable on any front-end application.” He adds:
Attempts at censorship can be proven by anyone with a blockchain explorer or another front-end application built on the Steem, so users can feel free to post how they really feel. This freedom is what empowers the Steemit community, and it’s one of the major ways we’re different from centralized, controlling and manipulative social media networks.
Steem Trading Volume Doubles
82dac99Scott says that since the payout Steem trading volume doubled to $26 million and at the same time the website’s traffic doubled. The Steemit founder also claims that the company’s developers are steadily working on new features and easy to use applications throughout the Steemit ecosystem.
For instance, a Steemit embeddable button is being designed so it can be posted throughout other blogs and news outlets. Scott says his co-founder Dan Larimer has a broad range of experience building systems such as Steemit from the ground up. They hope that a year from now there will be a vast array of bloggers and content providers pushing the platform to the next level. Scott says the company will be far more robust by then stating: