Next Generation Social Networks: A rather sobering interim conclusion
If you follow my blog at least partially, you will have accompanied my excursion into the new social networks. It's been over a year since I first came across Steem and finally Steemit. Before you understand what the background of this new network is, the slogan "Your voice is worth something" attracts you. - Earn Steem by interacting/posting on the blockchain. Obviously this has attracted some, because meanwhile the platform has over a million users
But not only Steem advertises to reward users for their intellectual work, other platforms also follow suit. So my digression began and I first discovered Minds.com with your Mind Token. Followed by Sola.io [SOL], Belacam, ONO, SocialX, Narrative.Network and last but not least Trybe.One. (No claim to completeness)
Excuse me? That's exactly what I thought.
When I realized how many platforms were emerging, which were more or less based on the USP of direct user rewards, I was very surprised. As described in my first article from Next Generation Networks, I really overslept a lot of them. The crucial difference between the networks I joined after Steemit - none of them run on their own blockchain. Minds and Sola for example use the Ethereum blockchain, so they are an ERC-20 token, while ONO and Trybe.One are based on EOS.IO. The Narrative.Network is based on the NEO blockchain - so the NRVE Token is a NEP-5 Token. Only Steem runs on its own blockchain, which offers a completely different possibility with regard to an emerging ecosystem. Especially with regard to the announced SMT's the dimensional difference of these different networks becomes clear - Steem or the Steem blockchain is a thing in itself. Like all innovations, they are burdened by problems, which however contribute to further development.
Regarding the state of development, I am still of the opinion that we are in the phase of early adopters, although the market has already attracted some attention and Steem was not exempt from it. [If you would like to read more about this, you can take a look at an older market forecast by comparing the adoption of innovative technologies
Today there's a short feedback
Now that I'm on the move on other social networks besides Steem, all of which have something to do with a crypto token, I'd like to let my thoughts run wild about these new impressions. Steem will be standing in line because I've written a lot about it in the past
Let's start at Minds.com
At first I was surprised by all the spam that is present on Minds.com. The problem is clearly where to make money, where people try to exploit systems or even cheat. Among many white-hats, there are also many black-hats. This problem is of course tradable, but all these processes take time. In this time, as also happened on Steemit, abusive activities will not be completely preventable. Some users will fill their own pockets at the expense of others until possibilities of prevention are worked out and implemented.
Nevertheless, this first, admittedly quite negative, impression has subsided a little. In general I get a lot of interaction, which is generated organically. The comments on different contributions are partly very interesting and informative. Thus I encountered a very nice discussion culture, at least partially. My impression is that also very many (again in my opinion) wrong views on Minds are publicly advertised. Sometimes you have the feeling that everything that nobody else wants is now romping about on this platform. You find at least countless channels which are regularly banned from other, established platforms. I won't mention any names, but you can just have a look at the top channels on the platform. In general Minds is a bit shallower knitted. In my opinion Steemit is more like Reddit, while Minds is more like Facebook. If you feel differently about this assessment, please let me know in the comments.
Even if you've been on the platform before - what's your impression?
Sola.ai - Something Back & Forward
I came across Sola because I was just looking for new social networks that distribute cryptotokens to users. When I was on the road on Sola for a few days I understood pretty much everything except how I was supposed to get those damn SOL tokens now. Then I was enlightened, not at all anymore. Sola stopped the action relatively fast again and registered a rapid loss of active users, but the spam problem was probably too big. So the statements of some very active users, who were there since the beginning.
But as it looks, the user loss was too serious, because when I wiped the days again on Sola through the cards, I suddenly discovered the mention of payouts. Now it is possible again to "earn" SOL tokens.
I don't find Sola bad in itself, but it's not really easy to use on a laptop. With the app it looks different, but I'm just a friend of big screens and it doesn't fit together so well. In terms of content, there are quite different things. Spam is currently on the increase again, to all appearances. Since the SOL tokens are back, there is at least 10 times more content than when I joined. Nevertheless, I believe that some of you can find fun in Sola. Maybe I'll post some nonsense on the platform from time to time. Somehow it reminds me a bit of the good old Chilloutzone. In the end these are two completely different platforms, so I don't really know why I feel that way.
Long wait at SocialX
So, yes... I can't really say much about SocialX other than that they are already trolling me a bit. At registration I was position 120,000 on the waiting list. After some weeks then somehow no longer at all on the waiting list and finally again on position 112,000. So... Maybe I try again in a few months, but first SocialX is probably not excursive.
ONO] – Only APP
Yes, the good platform ONO runs unfortunately (perhaps only initially) only with the in-house app. There is no comfortable possibility to use ONO with a laptop. Because of the preferences described above and the strong tendencies towards Instagram, I won't deal with ONO for now.
Maybe you'd better get along with this Only App variant.
Even Belacam is a deterrent
The first time on Belacam was then also the last time. Also here everything is clearly too much instagram for me - I simply can't do anything with these picture platforms.
Narrative - More alpha doesn't work
The only NEP-5 project - but Alpha through and through. So far it is not necessary to write posts or to act in any way in a social network. So far only niches, similar to tags on steemite, can be bought. This should probably prevent the avoidance of spam in terms of categorization. But I still don't understand the concept very well. Again, I've decided to wait and see how things develop.
One last candidate: Trybe
Currently I registered after @kingcrown's contribution on Trybe. I will write something about this later. The first impression is not wrong in any case, but it is obvious that the post creation needs tokens. You get 100 Trybe tokens at the beginning to be able to act in the network. I will find out more soon.
In a nutshell: Many things are, as described, absolutely alpha version. Bugs and problems are clearly present. In the near future I will probably only use Minds.com and Steemit.com actively, maybe Sola.ai a few times. It is still outstanding whether Trybe can convince - more will follow later.
This was it with my short intermediate feedback. Below I list all the above candidates again, if you would like to make your experiences. I would be happy if you register via my Ref-Link.
Here are the latest, more detailed contributions to the next generation of social networks:
Social-Media Meet's Blockchain – Next Generation Social Networks
Social-Media Meet's Blockchain – First steps at Minds.com
Social-Media Meet's Blockchain – Strange, this Sola.ai
Social-Media Meet's Blockchain – My Time With Steem