OpenLink: The Gateway to OpenSeed and Steem

in OpenSeed4 years ago (edited)

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In our last post we said that we are building a more socially aware internet and in today’s post we’d like to talk about the role our upcoming application, OpenLink, plays in enabling us to make progress toward that goal.

We believe that Steem was built to be the backbone of a socially aware internet. So what is a "Socially Aware Internet"? A socially aware internet is an open protocol that connects people instead of computers.


In the beginning, the internet was created to network computers together. That basic premise has evolved into the primary means and method that a huge portion of humanity uses to connect with one another, and it is those connections which add so much value to the applications that have become such a big part of our daily lives.

The Problem with the Internet

The problem is that these connections are privately owned and exploited by a tiny group of massive tech companies that are growing more and more hostile toward their own user base!

Open Source, Cross-Platform

Because OpenSeed is an open source, cross-platform database that manages social information and digital assets while protecting user information with strong encryption, when connections are stored on OpenSeed they are no longer owned and controlled by those massive tech companies. They belong to you, the public, while safeguarding your privacy and keeping your information under your control.

OpenLink will give people a window into the possibilities that arise when developers are able to leverage those valuable connections to power next generation applications.

Vote on our Steem.DAO proposal if that’s all you need to hear

Too Ambitious?

We know that this all sounds ambitious, and that building an application in addition to a platform might sound like biting off more than we can chew, but by the end of today’s post you will at least understand why we have chosen this route, and why we believe it will actually enable us to accomplish our goals even faster.

Join the Team

That being said, if you are a web designer or developer who believes they can help bring these products to market, we are looking to add both technical and non-technical members to the founding team, so come on by our discord server if you want to help the project succeed. We are also looking for people who would like to be Community Leaders.

OpenSeed = Operational

The first, and most significant, reason we believe we can accomplish this goal is because nearly all of the features that will power the initial release of OpenLink are already live in OpenSeed! That means that most of the work on OpenLink is frontend development and connecting those elements to OpenSeed. Here’s a brief preview of what some of that work looks like.

OpenSeed is far enough along, thanks to @bflanagin’s hard work, that we have a functioning server that can provide the backend services necessary to power OpenLink. We’re just not yet at a place where other developers can fire up their own OpenSeed instances and add them to a cohesive network or mesh. Getting to that place is much of what Ben is currently working on, but it’s going to take time.

The Adoption Problem

We don’t fault people for not realizing that OpenSeed is much farther along than it may seem, that’s one of the difficulties with building platforms. You want to build the best platform you can, but the platform is worthless until developers adopt it. Developers don’t want to adopt anything that doesn’t already have a lot of developers using it, or a lot of users.

To resolve this dilemma we are taking a page out of the Steemit playbook. Building a frontend that visually displayed Steem’s capabilities acted as a “billboard” for the Steem blockchain while simultaneously growing a user base. That's one of the important functions we believe OpenLink will serve.

A Simple Approach

What makes OpenSeed special is not any kind of “alien technology.” Simply open sourcing a pre-existing backend for applications enables developers to release applications faster by eliminating that work from their roadmap. OpenLink will be the first demonstration of how helpful this simple approach can be.

Vote on our Steem.DAO proposal here.

OpenSeed: A User Management System

You can think of OpenSeed as a User Management System, much like WordPress is a Content Management System. Just like Wordpress enabled developers to create blogs faster by providing a pre-existing framework for storing and serving up content, OpenSeed will enable developers to create apps faster by providing a pre-existing framework for storing and serving up user data that is secured by strong encryption. If you'd like to learn more about OpenSeed, check out this post.

OpenLink: The Gateway to OpenSeed

As @exyle observed in his interview with @andrarchy, OpenSeed is trying to be the gateway to Steem, but OpenSeed doesn’t have a frontend. It’s just code. OpenLink is the frontend, the face, that will act as the gateway into OpenSeed.

Connect, Communicate, Collaborate

One of the advantages that we have as a team is that we are all passionate about Steem, so we know as well as anyone what applications Steem users need yesterday. After engaging with users and developers, and gathering their feedback, we decided that what was most lacking in the Steem ecosystem were the tools necessary to enable users to connect, communicate, and collaborate across applications.

Steem’s Superpower

We believe that one of Steem’s “superpowers” is its ability to bring together like-minded people which is demonstrated by the amazing communities that have grown on Steem, despite the fact that Steem still lacks many of the tools necessary for sustaining and growing communities. The new Communities features that can be found on are a massive improvement, but they still lack the features necessary to enable users to find one another and collaborate in meaningful ways. That’s why users still turn to Discord, Steem.Chat, and Slack.

For Steemians, By Steemians

We want a way to find great Steem users and form meaningful connections with them (and we’re not the only ones) that is built by Steemians, for Steemians, and that’s what we are building with OpenLink. But the beauty of OpenLink is that it leverages OpenSeed’s open source chat module, which means that any other application can offer the very same features.

Take Your Chats With You

Not only that, but when those applications do integrate OpenSeed, you will be able to take the conversations you have in one app (like OpenLink) with you when you move to another app. That means that you could connect with someone based on their shared passion for Splinterlands, begin playing that game, and then continue that same conversation in the game, all the while being protected by strong encryption.

While this might sound like magic, it is simply due to OpenSeed’s open source, cross-platform design. We look forward to sharing more details about OpenLink and OpenSeed, so be sure to join our Steem Community, follow @openseed on Steem, and join our discord server to stay informed of further developments.

And don’t forget to vote on our Steem Proposal!

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Previous Posts

  1. Building a Socially Aware Internet
  2. OpenSeed: Cross-Platform Off-Chain Solutions for Steem Apps
  3. OpenSeed News: Fully Open, Updated Wikis, Community

This is one of the most powerful projects that we are seeing.

The potential of across-the-board impact is tremendous.

That's the idea! We're so glad you feel that way. Is there any potential use case or feature that gets you especially excited?

Go for it as long it bring benefit to us..

This is what we are hoping to see more great transformation in steem. Thanks for all the developers in @openseed.

Your saying a lot of the right things anyway for the project. Getting a base for apps to build form. Enabling content and user discovery and cross app communication would be great additions to the chain.
If all of this can be delivered it will be a huge boost to developers looking to build their projects on steem and with it's existing user base should be the go to place to start a project.

I can see a great future ahead for a cross platform application that can enable communications to persist between users on other platforms. Discord, Gab, and other platforms have attempted to do this, but focused on types of platforms, such as games and media sites. Skype and Slack have focused on business and development environments. If Openseed is broadly agnostic, it's users will be able to interact in a one stop shop across media, game platforms, and various development platforms as well, reducing app bloat and complexity, as well as inuring that collaboration from censorship and deplatforming.

Given the blatant censorship that has been undertaken on many media channels, and has become highly disruptive in China, and globally regarding the health and food crisis there, such censorship resistance may prove not only desirable, but existentially necessary in unforeseen ways going forward.

I sure hope y'all can pull it off.


As a web designer, I was working on a Facebook competitor website that we called Mea Omnia in 2012 and we were trying to make it a one stop shop. Our project failed. Now, I like Steemit. And also, this Open Seed thing appears to be promising, like you said, as a cross platform. So, I do wish the best for this project. Speaking of Gab, I do use Dissenter which lets you comment on any web page on the Internet via the Dissenter add-on or tab inside the web browser.

I got censored on Dissenter. I'm outta there.


Dissenter appears to have limits. I remember a few comments didn't go through for me in 2019 and possibly 2020 as well. There may be limits to how often or how many comments can be posted on a single web page. It could be technical errors, as in malfunctions.

Spam Block

It could have been when my comments were very small or if I was trying to copy and paste the same message onto the same web page, as in duplicate comments. In other words, it may not be censorship.

Good Censorship vs Bad Censorship?

And by the way, I'm not against censorship. Instead, I'm against publishers like Facebook who pretend to be platforms as they say they will not censor anything and then say they do censor things.


I prefer transparency. I prefer that a website tells me what their rules are. They should follow their rules. The problem can be selective enforcement of the rules. I'm not saying that they should censor or that it is censorship. It depends. But if they say they will not censor and then censor, that is a bigger problem. If a social network has one set of rules and then suddenly changes their rules without telling their users, then that is a pretty big problem.


I'm not saying that Dissenter is perfect. But it is the best page commenting add-on that I've ever seen. Well, to date, the only one I've seen. I'm also trying to say that censorship is fine within the realm of private property. Now, technically, certain parts or certain aspects of the Internet can be or might be public property, completely or to an extent, in some ways, long story. So, it can be argued that public town squares offline and online should not be censored at all or to an extent.

Private Property Rights

But private property owners should have the right to do whatever they want with whatever that they might own. I believe in ownership rights. I believe in private property rights. All of this can be complex with all of these different things. I like Dissenter. But if Dissenter is perhaps doing what they should not, then I hope other things can compete with it.

Dissenter & Steem

Same thing with Steem. If Steem goes down the wrong path, excessively, aggressively, without original oatmeal, then shame on them, long-term speaking.

I appreciate your substantive reply, and exposition of your views. If I can't speak freely on a platform, I've no interest in using it.

Do you have the right to do anything you want inside my house?

I have no interest in being inside your house, just as I have no interest in using censoring platforms, if I can't speak as I want while I'm there. You can make whatever rules you want for your home. I don't have to go there.

I don't think Dissenter does what you are accusing it of.

Nice to see some progress on this front, you guys screwed yourself by announcing it so we're all going to be on your asses about when is it done, like 2 kids on the back seat during a road trip. The messaging looks slick and will go a long way to helping bridge the gap too much disconnect happens on telegram and discord

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I'm a web designer and I do like what you guys are saying about Open Seed. So, I'm going to try to be open minded. I agree with the philosophy of things like Bit Torrent, IPFS, cryptocurrencies, P2P, decentralization, etc. So, Open Seed appears to have a good thing going for them. I'm totally new to this, so, I need to do my homework and find out more about these things.

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