The Reason why Steem is deemed a Decentralized Blockchain that stores Metadata submitted via Steemit or Third-party ApplicationssteemCreated with Sketch.

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Steemit is built on top of a Cryptocurrency called STEEM, and it has been making rounds on Social Media as the next upcoming Decentralized Social Network

Most of the important data is stored in Steem Tokens, a Cryptocurrency that utilizes a Blockchain Ledger in such a way that it doest not only have the Security found in Bitcoin for conducting financial transaction but it's also is used to store vast information of data that get's uploaded to Steemit on the daily basis

Essentially all User-generated Content like Post, Comments & Upvotes/Downvotes are all recorded and stored in the Distributed Ledger for not only the purpose of Security but also to put information out there by making it accessible via Steem's Blockchain

User generated content brought about the shift from mainstream media to social media. The remarkable move made people take control of the content they produce by making it for and distributing it to each other, sites like Youtube are known as the Modern HBO while Facebook is the biggest social Network in the world

One thing both of them have in common, is being an Established Centralized Social Media that primarily makes money from free User-generated content


Unlike most Centralized Social Networks like Facebook, Reddit, Twitter & so on, Steemit is deemed as a highly sophisticated platform because it's essentially part of Steem's Blockchain

All data is stored in ''Text'' format, note that Steemit does not Host Images/Videos or any other Data that is not in text format, all these are uploaded via third-party hosting services that provide embedded links

So when you actually see an image in a Post, it's actually hosted from a free services like or Just right-click on the image to press on ''open image in new tab'' and you'll be able source where the file is hosted, this applies for both Videos and other files

Many platform's nowadays support basic files like images & videos, so platform like Steemit or are able to utilize the internet to display content from third-party sources.
Once you access Steemit, you get to actually view Images & Videos which other users linked in their Posts or Comments, as it's previewed from third-party hosting services

The Cryptocurrency STEEM keeps all the information stored for platforms like Steemit, or Steemd to access. If you posted via Steemit, all the data is stored in Steem tokens, this means all third-party Websites merely connect to Steem's Blockchain and nothing is stored on any other centralized hosting platform

Whenever you involve multiple parties, one must remember that there are certain condition & terms that you must be aware of before sign-up for an account. Facebook for example has the license to use your content in any way it sees fit.

Guess you’ve known that by now...

Twitter can pass any of your content to any partner organizations for any reason and Dropbox can share your data with “trusted third parties” to provide their existing services. This applies to many popular Social Media's....

If he Drops this, there is a chance of you losing your Facebook Account as Data is stored in a particular location and looked after by a small group of individuals

Whenever you engage on Facebook;
All User-generated Data is stored in Facebook Server Centers around the World, information is kept safe and controlled by Facebook Corporations who have the ability to manipulate or censor any information that's not in their favour

There is a lot Facebook Data, however it's restricted to a point that Users don't have entire access to Facebook Database, nor do have the rights to claim certain sensitive information as it's owned by the Facebook Corporation

Sites like Steemd allow users to access the most important information i like to call it Meta data; a set of data that describes and gives information about other data

Metadata summarizes basic information about data, which can make finding and working with particular instances of data easier. For example, author, date created and date modified and file size are examples of very basic document metadata. Having the abilty to filter through that metadata makes it much easier for someone to locate a specific information when exploring the blockchain

With Steem's Blockchain, there is a lot, and i mean A LOT of data hiding in between the discussions. Most individuals won't have technical understanding required to read Steem's Blockchain, in an era where Blockchain Technology is relatively new, one must know how to stay relevant with Constantly changing Technology

Whenever an Individual engages with Steemit's platform, important data is not stored on Centralized databases or Servers, instead the content exists over a Distributed, decentralized network based on Blockchain technology

It's the same technology that powers the digital crypto-currencies like Bitcoin and smart contract platforms like Ethereum

A Decentralized Network is one where you own your content and can make money of from it. Your content is Encrypted so no one, neither Government or Corporation can Censor your ability to Voice & Express yourself, granting you Freedom of Speech

It's platform in hands of those who interact with its Network, creating a Transparent System that stores all the valuable data for all Users to access, Steemit is not a Private but a Public Ledger that is anyone can Explore

I believe that Blockchain technologies have great potential to liberate the world of unnecessary middlemen, reduce transaction costs and do a great service to humanity

Blockchain Tech is a high technology that is still at a very early stage and has not yet crossed the chasm to mainstream markets

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WOW! Some of the text appears missing .. this ends with "ensure that"

Blockchain Technology is relatively new, one most make the effort to educate themselves to ensure that


Thank you for pointing that out! Must have gotten erased


There's a ton of grammatical errors in this post. Maybe an editor would be useful?
This comes across as being from Steemit, Inc., and therefore, seeing lots of grammatical errors makes Steemit look very unprofessional. Maybe you could hire an editor...


....... i write about steemit, do try my best. Never heard anyone say i made Steemit look very unprofessional, and it would be silly to hire a editor, because i can always correct my work. I think i helped out alot of people with my Guides despite my spelling, many people thanked me for it. Lately i been targeted by Anti-Steemit users, who claim that i'm a bot... just because I constantly write content about Steemit, it's all a learning process for me. I would have never even consider written out Posts like this it weren't for this platform. Over time my Spelling should improve!

I guess you're a developer and your message is for developers. For a social media user, whatever the technology: the important thing is to communicate. It does not want to know how a phone or the internet works but to communicate with other people and not bots.


Actually i'm not part of the developers! and I for one am quite interested about technology I use, it's good to know what you're getting yourself into. Steemit is Decentralized and you can already see that type Content circulating that wouldn't even trend on social media like Facebook or Twitter due to censorship


do you work for steemit, inc? I'm just curious...

Very well written, thank you for the updates and the image embedding explanation.

Great blog. Bullish STEEM and STEEMIT. Upvoted and shared on twitter. Thanks for sharing. Stephen


StephenPKendal Stephen P Kendal tweeted @ 23 Feb 2017 - 13:13 UTC

The Reason why Steem is deemed a Decentralized Blockchain that stores Metadata submitted via Steemit....... @Steemit… /

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Silver & Gold having a great day too! Appreciate your support


You are very welcome. Gold and Silver are have a great day. Stephen

Your content is Encrypted?

Can you elaborate on this?


Yeah... There seems to be some confusion somewhere.


Encrypted via Blockchain Technology, @stellabella i'm not part of Steemit Developer Team

Again (I have said it a lot of times now), Steemit will be truly decentralized when an average Joe/Jane can launch its own copy of the website, not through or Right now it is possible but cumbersome, as you need to apprehend Docker.


:) can't wait to link my Blog to Steem's blockchain, time will come and it would be a user-friendly process eventually