For those who don't know, Steem is a blockchain and Cryptocurrency (like Bitcoin) with a crucial difference - it has built-in support for social network features - which means that you can make posts on any Steem enabled website and get paid rewards for your activity with Steem Cryptocurrency Tokens! I've been using it actively for about 15 months and it has changed my life for the better.. Here's why...
Explaining the genius behind the Steem eco-system will involve a lengthy journey that spans technology, history, economics, politics, philosophy and psychology to name only a few of the relevant factors that have combined to create this evolutionary story - but what has evolved?
The truth is that Steem (and it's primary website - steemit.com) represent an evolution in not only technology, but also money, human interaction and society itself. How is this possible? The ever accelerating change in thinking and human society means that the more time passes, the more tools we have to build more tools to build more tools! In the last few years several key tools have been combined to create realities that were completely impossible before. By decentralising what were previously highly centralised processes, such as money creation and banking - plus adding in relatively new things such as social networking and high speed mobile/personal communication devices, we now have a situation where the shackles have been removed from being rewarded for our own creativity.
Now, instead of having a quick inspired thought of genus as you walk down the road that then gets lost as other things in life distract you - you can instead quickly record a voice memo, then type it up into a post on steem and in moments potentially hundreds of thousands of people will not only share your moment of inspiration, but will be in a position to reward you financially too! Now there's no delay or complexity in being rewarded for creativity - it is instant!
The rise of Steemit.com - world traffic ranking
This has all been made possible by a clever method of 'token creation' or 'coin minting' if you prefer. Every day new Steem tokens are created and they are divided up by all of the people who post on the Steem blockchain and who receive votes for their hard work. The more that people want to buy the tokens in the real world on digital exchanges, the higher the price goes and since Steem is a truly evolutionary project, there is a growing demand for the tokens and so the price does indeed tend to increase - resulting in what tends to be ever better payouts for the system's users (there are no guarantees here of course).
The liberating effect this is having in the lives of large numbers of people may be quite unprecedented. It is one thing to have high intelligence or a great physical body or great ideas, but it is often another to convert that into a way to be supported in life. Steem allows us to come together outside of political constraints and artificial borders - unifying and supporting each other in our passions - to become more of who we are, while enjoying life more AND creatively solving problems. It is a powerful mix of elements that combine to create a system that is much more than the sum of it's parts. In a way, Steem represents a technological reflection of a spiritual state of freedom and free will - which is, the way Earth has always been intended to be!
I can go on and on about Steem for hours, where it is going - who is on here - the many apps that are available (including a youtube replacement called D.tube and other more novel ideas) - but really you have to just dive in and get involved; there are many here who will help you out. Make a post, get connected and figure out how to grow your presence.
Summary of Evolutionary Features
- The first Blockchain based social network.
- A decentralised social network (blockchain) that is resistant to censorship and that is not controlled by any single entity.
- The world's fastest transaction times for financial trades (3 seconds)
- No transaction fees
- An ever evolving eco-system offering ever new ways to be creative and be rewarded for your input.
- A growing interest from larger world entities looking to benefit from the potential - including entire national governments.
- A soon to be launched feature set that allows entire communities to be built that run on the blockchain but which have their own rules and ways of rewarding posts.
- An easy way in to the world of cryptocurrency that requires no investment - you just need to make social media posts.. Just as you may have already been doing without being rewarded!
- A major spanner in the works of the dinosaur social media (And banking) worlds that are fully set up to vampire our energy and give nothing much in return.
In short, Steem reigns supreme in the world of social networking for those who intend to help society and grow in beneficial ways. To succeed you just need to stay focused, learn the system and be yourself!
Steem is still in beta! This means that it is still being heavily improved behind the scenes and is not even running at 'full mainstream' capacity - yet it has fluctuated between being in the top 5 of all cryptocurrencies (market cap) and around it's current position in the area of #30 in the world. The system has gone from nothing to being very impressive in around 2 years and it is highly likely that in the next year enough technology challenges will have been overcome that the userbase explodes from 1 million accounts to maybe a factor of 10 or even 100 times more! There is no real reason for this architecture and new reality to fail to replace the stagnating top-down control driven hierarchic systems of Fakebooc, Pootube and Gurgle+... After all, why would you give all your hard work to soul-less corporations who then feed from your feed and get rich from your own creativity - while paying you almost nothing and not even respecting your free speech? You would only do that if you had no alternative, but now you do!
This post was made to be shared on social media outside of Steemit to let the world know how much fun it could be having it just put down the old networks for a while and played around with us instead. It's ok, we don't bite - much! (Please share this with your friends on social networks and see how quickly you can build a productive and lucrative family unit on the Steem blockchain) - To your success!
Wishing you well,
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(Witnesses are the computer servers that run the Steem Blockchain.
Without witnesses there is no Steem, Steemit, DTube, Utopian or
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