Announcing Haveyoubeenhere: the social media app for and by travelers [Proposal is live]

in #haveyoubeenhere4 years ago (edited)


Dear travelers,

I come to you with exciting news. At Steemfest 4 we have launched a radically new social media app for and by travelers. An app that allows you to share your content with all travelers, not only those on the Steem blockchain, but also your friends on other social media networks! Sounds good? Let me explain how it works! But before, let us look at the base layer, at where it all started.


Where it all started is Steemitworldmap. A tool, I am sure you will agree with me, is loved by all travelers on the Steem blockchain. We are one of the oldest running projects on Steem, with over 45.000 posts on the map, of which 8.500 have been curated by our amazing curating team over more than two years on a daily basis. In that time it became the go-to tool to track your own travels and share it with the world. It humbles me that so many of you have been using and are still using the map.

Haveyoubeenhere is all about enhancing the Steemitworldmap experience, and make it available to all travelers. Not only those on the Steem blockchain.



Haveyoubeenhere is the social media app for and by travelers. The entire development is focused on community first, blockchain second. So here is how we did it.


We made it possible for users to login to Haveyoubeenhere using either Facebook login or Steemconnect. This allows new users to immediately sign up and start using the app, whether they have a Steem account or not.

Creating posts

In Haveyoubeenhere each post consists out of multiple waypoints. To add a waypoint to your post, you select images for one location and write about your experience there. Optionally you can also add a rating and tags that fit that place. Automatically those combine into one post for you. This post shows up in Haveyoubeenhere in the feed for everyone who is following you.

If you want to post it to the steem blockchain (which I imagine most of you would want to do), you just tap the steem icon button and it is cross-posted to steem and automatically added to Steemitworldmap. Later on you will also be able to directly post to more traditional social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and more.


You might wonder why do I need waypoints? Well, one of the most demanded features for the map was to be able to pin a post on multiple locations. Within Haveyoubeenhere each waypoint has its own location and a date-time (which you can change). This allows us to show all these waypoints on their own specific location and even more fun, we can link them together to create a tripview for you automatically.


You can add waypoints either in a post, or decide not to have them in a post. Because they all have a location and a date-time, we can create a tripview, where you can see how many kilometers you traveled, what day you were where and easily go through all your amazing experiences whilst seeing on the map where it all happened! For more details on the tripview, definitely check out the full presentation linked at the end of this post.


Within Haveyoubeenhere every user of course has a map where all their waypoints show. Very similar to your personal map on Steemitworldmap. But as it's all waypoints, they're all on the exact location of where you had your travel experience.


What do we do for Steem?

So as a traveler you're happy to use this application, but you're wondering if what we're doing is helping out the Steem-ecosystem. The answer is a resounding yes. From the Steemitworldmap account we will claim accounts. Once we notice users on Haveyoubeenhere using the app through Facebook login are consistently posting great content we will offer them a Steem account, they have now become Steemians, and if they decide to, they can post to the Steem blockchain directly. This enhances the quality content on- and the userbase of-, the Steem blockchain and will be curated by the Steemitworldmap team. In return these travelers earn Steem, which in the long term they can exchange for travel services.

To make this model sustainable, both for us and to enhance the value of steem, we will work together with businesses in the travel sector. They pay us a subscription in either fiat or steem for visibility on Haveyoubeenhere. We in turn use this subscription fee to power up our steem account. This drives the price of steem from our side, as there is less steem on the market and we are constantly buying more steem. This allows us to support the continuous growth of high quality travel content.

In short, a scalable solution where travelers, businesses, the steem community and our team can thrive.


What do we need?

Haveyoubeenhere needs to have a big user base to become sustainable. It's as simple as that.
It also means that in the short term, it is unlikely we will be profitable. So any and all support to keep the project running for the short term is greatly valued. You can vote for this proposal. Or think in terms of delegations, following our trail or even direct investment. If you want to support us but have more questions, please contact us at [email protected]!

We are not running any advertisement on our platform. Even putting ethical questions beside us, it's not an effective business model. The social media platform that currently has the highest revenue -not profit- per user per year is Facebook at a meagre 7 USD per year. For the amount of ads you see when using their services, it's ludicrous. We believe in creating a great user experience and ads are not part of that plan. Instead we will focus on creating value for businesses and run an ethical and sustainable model based on subscription fees from these businesses.


Short term goals

  • iOS app
  • Cross-posting to traditional social-media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,...)
  • UX improvements based on the feedback we are getting from all of you -> the easiest way is by reaching out to us on Discord:
  • Optional background location to make the tripview more detailed
  • Placeview, where you can book at businesses who have subscribed to Haveyoubeenhere and directly get directions to any place on Haveyoubeenhere.

If you need more details, please contact us on [email protected]


Big thanks

Everything presented here is the result of a team effort and the project would not be where it is today without certain people.

First of all I want to thank the Steemitworldmap curation team: @livinguktaiwan, @choogirl, @lizanomadsoul and @itchyfeetdonica. They have been incredibly patient whilst I (@martibis) have been focused on development, causing me to be more absent with regards to Steemtiworldmap.

Second I want to thank Yum Leadership. They have been supporting me financially and provided me with consultancy. Without them, Haveyoubeenhere would not exist.

Third I would like to thank @fundition. They have been supporting Steemitworldmap for a while, making it possible for us to keep growing, cover our costs for Steemitworldmap, allowing me to focus on development of Haveyoubeenhere.

Last but definitely not least, I want to thank all of you travelers using the map and I look forward to seeing your content on Haveyoubeenhere as well, where you can share it not only with the Steem community, but with your not-steemian-friends as well easily.


Want to see the entire presentation?

You can find the entire presentation from Steemfest 4 underneath. It starts at the 42nd minute.

So how do you get started?

Get the app in the Playstore or search for "Haveyoubeenhere".

Or go to our website to learn some more.

See you there,
Your Steemitworldmap team



Dear Mr. Shaik.
First of all, congratulations on this achievement. I downloaded the app and the first impression is that it is super-fast. (9MB!) The first screen shows how you want to log in: Steemconnect or FB. Is assume most people who are interested in this still don't know what STEEM is. Maybe put a link below with: "What is STEEM" with some Q&A on that page? Explaining the benefits of using the blockchain to post your content. I think you would be the first Dapp on the chain that does that.

I like how you use the word sustainable a couple of times. This is also not very common in an environment where most people think short-minded. To tackle the 'no revenue´ first months and to create an instant income; why not integrate affiliate links on some destinations? If people create a waypoint, they have an option to include the Tour/activity/excursion that they did over there. Like, miss @livinguktaiwan went on a booze cruise on PhiPhi Island, she adds the affiliate link which she can select from a menu based on the destination. You get a commission each time another traveller wants to have the same experience as her. (this is what you sell basically, an experience)

You can even take this one step further and give the author a percentage of the income her post makes by tracking the outgoing link from that post. This way the author is incentivised to make amazing content because the more people see her post, the more she can earn in perpetuity, not only the first 7 days of her posting. Partners to work with (I work with them in real life) GetYourGuide - Booking - Viator, but I am sure there are more in the world, I just don't need others.

I wish you loads of success

Thank you for the kind words. I personally still want everything to be smoother, but well, one step at a time kinda thing! In regards to the Steem Q&A, while it could help educate people, we don't necessarily feel our users have to know that behind the scene Haveyoubeenhere is a blockchain platform. We feel the way to move forward is to make blockchain integration as seamless as possible. But it is something we could keep in mind.

I agree that sustainability is often overlooked and I hope we can start creating a change in the mindset of project owners to move away from short term personal profit and look at long term potential. It's hard to expect this from a user, but in my opinion project owners should be held accountable for this.

We are currently looking in different referral models, but these are fairly long term, when we really want to start to grow at a rapid pace. It would definitely be interesting to work together with the bigger names in the travel sector, but again, one step at a time. First we should create the best travel social media experience we can!

Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated!

Nice work! I am really confident this is a great project for our community, not only as a tool but also to keep Steem sustainable long term! It feels great to see the work is finally out there and you can be really proud of it! I am honored to be part of our team and I am looking forward to see where it goes! What a crazy ride starting from!
From YUM Leadership side I can only say it is a pleasure to work with you and we will be keeping supporting the project as we believe in its potential.
@ the community : Thanks for the great Feedback so far! Now we Hope you are having fun using HYBH and give us Feedback to its functionality. Only with your help we can improve and make sure it is your favorite social media platform in the future, where you can safe and share all your crazy adventures and memories with the steem community but also your friends coming in from other sights. It will be a pleasure to keep curating all the posts coming on the map together with our curation team! Looking forward to the future! Cheers, Liz

Aw, thanks Liz! I also look forward to further improve Haveyoubeenhere with Yum of course!

Great work @martibis for getting this done. I've cross posted a few times already and its super easy!!!

I couldn't have done it without all of you. Thanks again for believing in my wild ideas!

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Good work on this, especially the Facebook login option. Could be a very useful onboarding pathway to Steem.

Are you looking for delegation to the @steemitworldmap account to support this, or will you be using the @haveyoubeenhere account for that?

Will you be interacting with @travelfeed in any way on this?

Thank you, it was a fair bit of work, but it's currently in a state I am happy sharing it with people. Based on the feedback we're getting, we will improve it even further until the app feels ready for a global launch!

As the entire curation effort for the posts coming through Haveyoubeenhere will be done through the Steemitworldmap team, the best place delegate would definitely be @steemitworldmap! If you're planning on delegating that would be massively appreciated!

We have some ideas to include the travelfeed tag to the posts crossposted to Steem that fit their 250 words requirement but it isn't live yet. It's one of the easier things to add in though, so you can expect live soon after I return to Belgium (the 28th).

All sounds good. First delegation now sent.

Thanks a lot, we really appreciate it a lot! <3

Great, just sent some more.

Thanks a bunch!

This is a fantastic way to reach outside the Steem blockchain. A very promising thing to see.

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Thank you, we do indeed believe this is the way to move forward not only for us, but also for other projects!

Love each travel story

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So do we, making sure the best travel stories reach you is one of the main goals of our curation team!

#Haveyoubeenhere is awesome! We are testing it with the @globalschool in Vienna. It works quiet well. Good work and nice presentation! We followed the show. ;)

Glad to hear you tuned in from Europe! Looking forward to working more closely together in the future!

Good team work! This is how leadership within communities should look like. ;)

@steemitworldmap Hi .... sir.. haveyoubeenhere travel Thank.....

Brilliant news. And I for one hope it's going to be a resounding success and am now going to find and download it from the playstore.

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Thank you, definitely get back to us with all the feedback you have so we can keep improving!

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