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Hivemind is the software that can make the communities feature possible. It is now running and serving content for steemit.com, which is a major accomplishment. This means that the communities feature could be built and implemented - along with other types of social features that were previously non-trivial to implement at a consensus blockchain level. This opens the doors for much easier and faster development of features that every day users can actually see.

As an added bonus, it is also more cost effective to run than to soley rely on the blockchain for non-consensus data.

Does that mean we will be getting communities feature sometime in near future?

The communites feature is a priority in the new Mission, Vision, and Values that can be seen on the about page. Also see Ned's post from earlier today.

Ok, thanks for explanation.

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