Steem is making great strides before our eyes. Many look at things such as number of transactions and users as a barometer of how things are going. While these are important numbers, at this point, they tell little about what is taking place.
The blockchain industry is still very young. We are laying a foundation at this time. This means a lot of development that won't necessarily capture the attention of the masses. Instead, they are the pieces that advance us another step forward.
We are all familiar with Steem-Engine. This is a platform developed that allows Steemians to create tokens. It is a sidechain with smart contract capability that puts Steem on a par with Ethereum in this regard. The capability to create tokens by writing a smart contract is now part of the Steem ecosystem.
These tokens will be better tied into the blockchain when the Smart Media Token protocol is released. Until that time, this is a place where all Steem created tokens that use this format can be traded. The reason for this is because an decentralized exchange (DEX) was added.
Both of these advancements provide the ecosystem with a leg up. This was something that we were missing. While there was an exchange on Steemit, it only handled STEEM and SBD. Also, without the smart contract ability, Steem was not a token factory. Now it is.
@steempeak took this one step further. Having a mission to provide Steemians with an interface that provides all their tools in one place, the team decided to add the Steem-Engine tokens to the wallet.
As you can see looking at a picture of my wallet in Steempeak, only if one has Steem-Engine tokens does it appear. Accounts without it are going to appear as normal.
This is one of the additions that often goes unnoticed. We have thousands of them taking place with regularity on this blockchain. Each upgrade, in and of itself, means little. However, collectively, over time, they all add up.
We are at the point where we are, in many ways, still building the road. The problem is many are looking at the cars.
A mistake many make is comparing what is here to some of the applications in the centralized world. It is important to remember they are projects that are around years, if not decades. They are finished produces albeit still evolving. What is presently on Steem are early iterations. A lot more work is required.
It was only 3 months ago that there was no Steem-Engine nor DEX to trade the tokens. Today we have that. Also, thanks to @steempeak, we have an interface that shows those tokens in our wallet.
A simply but vitally important step.
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