SteemConnect 2.0: Easy, Fast, Efficient Access to the Steem Blockchain

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We’re Partnering With Busy!

We are happy to announce a formal partnership between the Busy Team and Steemit Inc. to further develop SteemConnect. The Steemit Team has been assisting @ekitcho and @fabien, founders of Busy, for months in an effort to take SteemConnect to the next level, and we’re now happy to announce that they are close to launching a major upgrade to SteemConnect with our official support!

The goal of SteemConnect is to make signing into any application that leverages a Steem Account as easy and intuitive as signing into any ordinary website.

SteemConnect is the ideal solution for making it easy and safe for users to sign in to 3rd party Steem applications and for developers to build and scale these applications. It’s a layer built on top of the Steem blockchain that allows you to connect to authorized apps and transact in a secure and convenient way. And it's about to get even better.

A Brief History of SteemConnect

It has been more than a year since Steem and Steemit have launched and a whole ecosystem of applications is forming on the Steem blockchain. These new projects show the enthusiasm and dynamism of Steemians but raise the issue of data security for both users, developers, and entrepreneurs of our ecosystem.

Security is key for the Steem ecosystem. After identifying the security challenges, we started working with the Busy team. SteemConnect will be the infrastructure that lets any developer or entrepreneur build on Steem without having to worry about security or the signup process, making it that much easier.

And rest assured, SteemConnect is a community project. That’s why it’s open source under MIT license, for anyone to use (and contribute to) as they see fit!

What SteemConnect 2.0 Will Offer Users

The next version of SteemConnect will let you secure your private keys while interacting with any service on the Steem blockchain. Through SteemConnect you will be able to trust these domains with your credentials, reputation and eventually money. SteemConnect will make it easier than ever to handle delegations, signing transactions, exploring Steem applications, and authentication.

SteemConnect will also serve as a hub for your Steem account. Not only will you be able to sign in and transact in one place, SteemConnect will give you access to the full suite of Steem services and apps at your fingertips. This ‘app store for Steem’ will be explored in a future post.

What SteemConnect 2.0 Offers Developers

For developers, SteemConnect dramatically simplifies authentication for users. It lets you focus on your app development without having to manage user private key security.

This makes dealing with Steem apps much safer. As a dev, you no longer have to blindly trust the code of Steem apps you integrate with, where reviewing app code multiple times is a challenge. SteemConnect handles all that in a trustworthy, transparent way and the next version of SteemConnect will be even safer.

Closed Applications

Even if you’re not looking to create an open source application, SteemConnect will add security to your service, as Steemians will never have to give you their private keys.

What SteemConnect 2.0 Will Offer ANY Website

SteemConnect won’t just be a layer that streamlines the user sign up and sign in processes, it will also enable developers to add Steem features to their existing websites. Using SteemConnect, web developers with no history of blockchain development will be able to conveniently and securely add features like: tipping, voting, and comments.

We are happy to announce both our progress as well as our official partnership with the Busy Team and are working as hard as we can to help deliver the next iteration of SteemConnect as soon as possible, while guaranteeing the highest security standards.

You can join the mailing list by going to https://v2.steemconnect.com if you would like to be an alpha tester or receive progress updates. Follow up posts on the project details will be handled by the excellent Busy Team (@busy.org), so please follow along @steemconnect and resteem this post!

Thanks for reading!

Team Steemit + Busy Team

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I am glad to hear this, it's a big blocker for me when I go to use another app and it asks for my password. I always have the fear!

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I can totally relate to this!

Thanks @fabien @ekitcho and team! It's been amazing working with you guys and I'm looking forward to seeing the fruits of everything we're working on.

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thank @ned! very happy to see this news, a lot of efforts made over the last few months to build this tool with the help of your team: andrarchy, mitchell, sneak and everyone.
I really hope we will be able to release this tools asap. A lot of news are coming. Keep posted!
So far I feel like it's really promising for the Steem blockchain, as it will probably allow creation in the Steem ecosystem to flourish.
thanks for your great support, we really appreciate

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Thank you!! I feel we are in the right track!!!

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SteemConnect 1.0 was very easy to implement as a beginner coder, sadly due to the fact that it lacks certain features like setting beneficiaries I had to go with Steemjs for my newest project. Hopefully this feature will be implemented in the 2.0 as I'd happily migrate over from Steemjs.

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We removed most of the limitation from SteemConnect1, I can confirm you that with the v2 you able to setup custom beneficiaries.

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Can't wait to start using it then. I found SteemConnect 1.0 was far easier to adopt as beginner than Steemjs so that's a big one. The documentation has been very lacking on Steemjs and even the examples in official documentation have left me with many questions... I only had this problem regarding what to put in json_metadata with SteemConnect, now that I think. Hopefully extra effort will be put into documentation and showing clear examples on every call - it's a work that will have huge benefits with time as new developers don't have to look for answers in chats and who knows where. The info currently is scrambled all over the internet I've found and it can be a pain to look for it.

I also really dislike the idea of handling keys of users when there's money involved as beginner.

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Awesome work guys! Really awesome!

Thanks once again to @ned, @ekitcho and Team Steemit + Busy Team.

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I subscribed to the mailing list so hope to get an update on the release soon. Upvoted, Resteemed and Followed

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Thank you Ned it’s a pleasure to working with you and Steemit crew! We really happy to have your support to move things forward with SteemConnect2 :)

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It's really good to see you actively working with third party developers and helping the broader Steem ecosystem grow. Good news for all of us.

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It's good to see progress! I was wondering when the UI/UX upgrades and rebranding will be implemented? I'm waiting for that because that's what will take Steemit to the next level and improve the interaction levels as well as post discovery through communities.

Thanks for your hard work! I believe Steemit will be big in the near future. :)

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sendpocket:100@ned, thks for supporting this project@ned

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This is great news! Thank you for this update. I've really been impressed by Busy and their work. Looking forward to this gentlemen, thank you.

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Are you going to investigate this or do you want me to explain it for you?

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I think we have started to see the results. I Think its better to focus on the core blockchain and the SMT's and the end user facing interfaces is handled by a different team. all the best @ned & all of us!

BTW, is SteemConnect support or will support OAuth2 style authorization?

I am talking about a scenario, where I would like to use different tool, which has support for login via OAuth2 provider, to login with my Steem/SteemConnect account.

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Yes! SteemConnect 2 posting API is using OAuth 2 standard for authentication.

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YES!!! This is what I've been wanting to hear. Very cool. :)

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hi Noisy, I am trying to implement steemconnect v2 on my angular 2 app.
Will there be a version out soon for angular 2 as well?
Or is it it possible to integrage angularjs, I can get it to work in index.html but moving it to other components is throwing a lot of errors.

"SteemConnect won’t just be a layer that streamlines the user sign up and sign in processes, it will also enable developers to add Steem features to their existing websites."

Whoa. I can't even get my head around how big this platform is going to be. Glad to be a STEEM holder.

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I know steemit is getting bigger and badder by the damn minute! Lets make innovation happen.

Sent you a message steemit.chat Have a look at it when you have a chance.

sweet glad to see progress

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Ready and i m with you learning the process.

Thank's for your post it's a great information.

Busy is a great site. Good to see you guys partnering with busy developing SteemConnect 2.0. I would love to be able to add tipping, voting, and comments to my existing site using the steem blockchain. I am eager to see your upcoming solutions.

This is great news. I just checked the website and the image with the dashboard looks very modern. Can wait until it is released. I subscribed to the mailing list so hope to get an update on the release soon. Upvoted and Resteemed

Will it solve the issue of defining arbitrary rewards for developpers?

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Hey yes, the new API offer more flexibility and give ability to setup custom reward beneficiaries.

Hi, I'm new to #steemconnect and there is no information about the Sign up process.
I've looked trough the steem posts, steemconnect website (only get email verification to sign up), google.
I'd like to know what to do/what happen after email verification is done.
Sorry I'm not completely used to Steem log in and multiple Key features.
Thank you :)

We use steemconnect v2 on steemiz, it's really intuitive and easy to use.

Perfect. Awesome work. I'll look at it tomorrow, maybe I can integrate it into SteemPi. 😊

glad to see things going well, hopefully this means more apps and sites that utilize STEEM will pop up in the nearest future.

The success of any coin,steem included, is for it to be mass adopted and utilized over a wide range of applications.

"Using SteemConnect, web developers with no history of blockchain development will be able to conveniently and securely add features like: tipping, voting, and comments."

By this if you mean that using SteemConnect we will be able to add these features to website built using CMSes like Drupal and Wordpress as well then Steem can see an exponential growth.

Would be great if you can write a separate post about this. I am a Drupal developer and would love to write a module to make this integration possible.

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I'm running a wordpress website and currently users have to use a separate login which can be tedious. When will this be available to test?

Thanks steem devs

Just seeing this now. This is great news

Finaly :)

Thank you to everyone who participated at this evolving ;)

This is great news! I tried steemconnect before and it did work, but it seemed it wasn't as straightforward as it could have been.

With the initial release of my app coming up soon I'm already looking into the next set of features I'll build, some of which will definitely need authentication with the Steemit platform. It's good to know that a version 2 of steemconnect is here before I spent much effort on using the old one.

Thanks for the update, and great job on partnering up with Busy to make everything even more streamlined!

Thank you to the team and @fabien and @ekitcho for the major breakthrough..looking forward to test / use it

Thanks This is Awesome work
I can't find this demo on GitHub: https://github.com/busyorg/sc2/tree/dev/public/demo

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Very exciting news. It’ll be amazing to have the ability to integrate the Steem Block chain on my WordPress/oxwall sites.

Great work guys you’re creating history

Thank you

Glad to hear this good news.

awesome

awesome

Hey steemitblog,
I don't know if you're still looking at comments, but I tried to sign up.
Maybe it's me, but I don't get your signup process.

I clicked through on your hyperlink https://v2.steemconnect.com

It took my email address and brought up your "almost finished" screen.

I awaited a confirmation email, I got this same steemit link emailed to me, not a confirmation page. I tried again just now, I'm signing up again, this time, no email at all.

Then I'm taken to a site called https://busy.org/. Is that you? Have I been re-directed to a scam site? You don't explain ahead of time. This troubles me and I'm not sure if I can go on. You lack on-screen documentation.

Anyway, given that I trust you thus far, I am taken to a new window https://steemit.com/pick_account. Here, you ask for an account name. Is this the email address I entered on the prior screen? I try that. It says my account name should be shorter. Well, what do you want here? A new account?

This is so confusing. You must rethink your whole user experience when designing your screens. There isn't a single button to click for support or a phone number to call for help.

Awsome . We are developing an app on top of steem block chain and is a welcome news.we will signup as alpha testers

Awesome news, excited to see this!

looks interesting and another example of a powerful app being built on top of the steemit blockchain.

Good job guyz 👍

Is there any hope on improving the app account creation process? I've been working on building a steemconnect powered app and it's calling itself my account name.

As far as I can tell getting another account with my app as it's name involves some weird API call and generating keys by command or some sketchy website is handing out users for 10$ usd

Great work, signed for to the mailing list for beta testing; looking forward to this progress :)

Awesome!

Too many Techy and wizardry words but all in all User adoption is getting smoother!

why his money already in the streak of what a lot ya abg, if many do not forget for for ya

Good News i have upvoted and resteemed this post and also subscribed to the mailing list

Wow, another extension to the Steemit platform. This helps in the enhancement for decentralization on the internet.
Best regards!
Peace.

GOoOd .Thanks @fabien @ekitch and team !

Very good. I have used steem connect sometimes to solve the problem of a secure connection in an app

Hey. I am still new to this blockchain technology. how can i know if this steemconnect is not a way of phishing my login details?
Appreciate your reply.

I'm very new to the Steemit ecosystem and this piece has given me a great idea of how hard working the Steemit community is. Fascinating

This is clear indication how transparency in the blockchain is already promoting its success and popularity, thank you for informing/involving the entire steemit community and in also inviting their suggestions and input. Keep up the good work

thats why i like busy.org

This indeed appears to be a very significant development in that a widening of the feature set within the platform will likely prove key in its rate of adoption by a much larger audience and attract other influential players to form further strategic partnerships.

Using SteemConnect, web developers with no history of blockchain development will be able to conveniently and securely add features like: tipping, voting, and comments.

This is great! Web developers will love this.

So does this only allow us to securely link our steemit accounts to 3rd party steem apps, or it has much wider applications?

I feel good! Going on!!

I've been a big fan of the OAuth idea for a long time, and I'm glad that improvements are being made in this area here. I've interacted with SteemConnect mostly while delegating SP, and I found it quite easy to use as a consumer. As a developer, I've always had the worst luck with dealing with these types of authentication, so I'm glad that great strides are being made to alleviate this. I can't wait to check it out and try to implement it for myself. It's awesome how you guys are forward-thinking about this making this accessible to any website. I'm sure that this is going to be a gamechanger in terms of securing identities!

Pardon my french....f ya

Excellent!

Steemconnect 2 is awesome hatsoff to you work @ekitcho and @fabien and founder of busty team we like to connect with you and work together.
you had done grear work for steemit community users.
Thank you so much for sharing this information with us @steemitblog and @Steemconnect .

Go Steemit!!! This is great news!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Will SteemConect / Steemit be creating a standalone wallet similar to Vessel that we can download as well?

This is real cool stuff @steemitblog @ned, thank you for the hard work.

This is great improvement for blockchain, at least am doing better with esteem app than before, and I'll also try this one, hope it comes with iOS version?

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There will be an app in future but it's not yet a priority. Meanwhile the login API is compatible for mobile apps.

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Thank you.

Thanks for the application you created in supporting us as Steemians.

I will love tasting the beta version of the application. I do believebt that us very useful one.
Regard from Aceh, Indinesia.

I'm happy to hear that, when I go to use another app, it's a big block for me and it's my password. I am always afraid people of great work! really great!

Classy UI! i LIKE IT

Hey steemconnect-Team. I wanna share my thoughts or give you some feature requests while using busy.org. What's the best way to get in contact with you or leave a message for some things?

Thanky you!

Thank you for the Tutorial and insight. May God bless you and your Family.

good to hear this

Waiting for it. All the best.

WOW! Thank you so much for sharing this post @steemitblog. This is such a valuable and a useful information. Keep it up! You have a great idea! Followed and upvoted! :)

Congrats on your formal partnership I hope to further see great things from you all.

That is the very awesome news, we have fb login , google login to third party apps and now we will be having steemit login without any risk. Hurray, really very excited for the project.

Really good info sir, i want go to try this featuares, thanks @fabien and team

good post

Nice

Thank you for your work guys :) tip! 1

Is this compareable to a OAuth Service like Google or Facebook offer it ?

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Yes pretty much :)

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Nice to see that steemit is growing :) What about the mobile app?? will be some in close future?

Wow good work guys and congrats for it. Restee

Nice post friends @steemitblog . Good luck

This is a great development, I really hope all developers will start to use this.

I said it before, it's crazy that I (can) have multiple accounts for different Steem-related apps.

Well-done.

Steemconnect sounds really good,can't wait for the final version,thanks for sharing.

Nice post,, I like fast acces steemit,, because im always have post in steemit..!!! thank you for articel @steemitblog

Will there be an 'official' SteemConnect WordPress plugin?

About 2 months ago, I explained why Steem needs to take advantage of WordPress.

https://steemit.com/wordpress/@mkdouglas/proposal-why-steem-blockchain-needs-steemconnect-as-a-wordpress-plugin

Well, finally, this is what I wanted to see. I hope now it will be easier to interact and it's good. Resteemed

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Will try steem connect in my application ..

Btw a great application is on the way for steem community. Wait for sometime I will start giving updates about the project.

0ooo nice very thank;s full

i am new here bro plz come see my blog and upvote me if you like :-)

Looking forward to seeing this in action. I suppose this can be like single-sign-on? One of the promises of blockchains is that it can support such service better than any centralised service can.

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This is maybe the best news since Steemit was launched. I'm very energized by this news and looking forward to using SteemConnect 2.0

It goes forward, you do a great job!

Mind continually blown since joining Steemit. Nice work looking forward to it ^_^

wooooow amazing @steemconnect this will hepl make steem a world wide crypto and steemit the next gen fb or twit

Nice thank you !

The Password is always a hindrance at times when you want to login, esp from different devices. Good to know there's actually a creative team working on various projects to make our lives easier.

pure awesomeness! good news !

This is really exciting news and actually gives me more faith in Steemit as something that's going the distance!

Good :P

I still have some doubts on the security part because I don't think the average Steemian has been educated enough to handle properly his or her private keys.