Carved in stone
With new technology comes new possibilities but some doors get locked which may have existed in the past. The phrase "what you post on the internet, stays on the internet" but not really. Unless it goes viral or people with a specific interest in it save it onto somewhere else before you "take it down". Are they really gone, though? Do you trust the companies you use to actually delete your data? Do you think there could be a chance that Facebook would restore your account along with its history you deleted x years ago? Or that they could but they tell you they can't?
Since your actions are saved on the blockchain forever, even if witnesses were to hardfork/roll back blocks/transaction/data to remove you from it's history, with enough popularity there will be thousands of eyes on it and people saving everything there'll always be the chance that someone has that info. Not going to go into that "disadvantage" too much as for some people it is quite obvious but others used with the delete option may not give it enough thought. That's the most technical stuff you may get from me in this post which may or may not be possible as I'm starting to lose track of everything going on with this technology. I wanted to instead talk about each user and how they are approaching this journey and things they may not think about. Maybe some newcomers will appreciate having read this.
Things we know at this point; a new innovation was born through Bitcoin, Steem is the first one to focus on the social media aspect of it with countless of other improvements in tech, speed, security, governance (controversial), distribution, green and innovative mining a.k.a proof of brain. What we don't know; will Steem be the coin to take down all current centralized, adrevenue focused, biased, corrupt, trying to middleman the internet social media services that we've come to use. Who knows if Steem will do it, it depends on so many things while at the same time just as many factors are proving this new internet will be much better and evolve faster over time to bring balance and value back to the regular people. Is it a wise choice investing in it? That's not for anyone to help you decide as there are just as many factors of their reasons to tell you yes or no.
Look around, go back to using Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, etc and don't be ashamed of wanting to use social media a lot, it's quite a common thing. Is it healthy? Highly unlikely according to some documentaries I've watched. Although they were targeting giants like Facebook and explaining how they've created it to subconsciously get you addicted for their own gain while the people end up facing the consequences of too much use often carries in everything. Wouldn't it be better if you could choose all that? Wouldn't it be better if finding the perfect social app for you would be open for anyone to create but within the same economy? An internet that doesn't cost much but costs everyone an equal percentage to secure it, an internet that get's curated and the economy is shared by everyone. An internet that will let anyone create their own economy with ease, constantly filter the bad businesses from better ones. An internet that is maxed out to your favorite preferences and at the same time made it worth your while, your input and your humanness for using it.
Now I'm going to stop before I go into automation and universal basic income, but to everyone out there thinking "oh no, I'm so far behind on investing in crypto or diversifying into some other cool technologies and communities, let's try and cheat the system somehow". There's no point, similar to other blockchains many have already attempted to cheat it, and while I admit that proof of brain is obviously easier to cheat than proof of work. I doubt there are many ASIC's going offline because they promised they will finish that one equation from 6 months ago. Most of the time, though it will not be worth it. Just be you. Use it like you would use any other platform, if you have hobbies, skills, free time, then get more involved if you're having fun doing it. If it doesn't go anywhere then you won't feel as bad about it if you enjoyed your time, and you can reminisce with people you met here on another platform in 10 years. If it does you'll probably have more fun looking back to the early days, all the cycles, all the new highs, all the people that joined, you interacted with, all the dapps, the people leaving, the ones coming back, the scams, the scandals, the drama. You will be able to look back into everything and wonder if you would've done things differently, if you would've treated people differently, if you had made the change in people you would've wanted to have by your side in the future. You won't be able to edit or fork that past out from reality, you can choose your future in this space though and that future can be however you want it to become, it depends on you the people, not on a few users hoping they won't see you with a price tag on a file with all your data on.
Anyway, wanted to get a post out before this week is over but I see it's already Monday my time, have a great week everyone. I might make a post about the Steem price soon as there's many asking me right now what is up with it. Other than that we're getting ready to get OCD curation going. :)