Introducing Mangosteem - Steem Powered Web Chat
Chat and Get Paid 😉
What is Mangosteem?
Mangosteem is a public web chat application powered entirely by the Steem blockchain - no private servers and/or databases involved! Simply login via Steem Connect and begin chatting on the blockchain.
Since messages are posted to the Steem blockchain all chat interactions are votable, thus the chat community can easily reward valuable contributors and discourage the trolls.
How it works?
Mangosteem chat channels are hosted by Steem accounts dedicated solely to serving as the channel chat archive. Each message posted to a channel is saved as a comment on the host account. Anyone can host a channel, but at this point in time the process is not automated. If interested in adding a new channel please get in touch for details on how to do so.
The Mangosteem alpha release is a bare bones product meant to gauge interest in a chat application run on the Steem blockchain. Depending on how the product is received further development shall proceed in the following phases:
[Phase 1] New foundation
The alpha release was developed with speed in mind. The first phase in development will be a complete rewrite of the application utilizing the proper tools, resolving known design flaws, and fixing major bugs.
[Phase 2] Additional (nice to have) public chat features
There are numerous small features absent from the alpha release that one might expect from a chat application. Phase 2 will address this by adding features such as:
- Channel Grouping (i.e Favorites)
- Chat channel custom urls
- Ability to edit / delete posts
- Display votes and/or payouts on messages
- Improved editor support for markdown, image and video posting, emojis, etc.
- Improved cross browser compatibility and responsiveness for mobile devices
- Admin features
- Add custom channels within the app
- Filtering of non-mangosteem comments
- And more...
[Phase 3] Keeping things private
In order to be considered a true chat application Mangosteem will eventually require private messaging. Phase 3 will explore possible implementations for direct messaging and private groups, ideally minimizing dependencies on any private databases.
Interested in getting involved with the Mangosteem project? Feel free to reach out on Steemit, Steemit.chat (@mynameisbrian), and eventually on Mangosteem ;)