Peerhub: Bringing Steem Beyond Social Networks To The New Economy!

in #steemit7 years ago (edited)

Introducing Peerhub to the Steemit Community

Dan spoke about Steemit's plan for world domination here and described how the Steem network can extend far beyond just a social network and can be used to bootstrap an entire economy using Steem Dollars. I agree!  

The Peerhub marketplace will now be focused around Steem dollars and the Steemit community.  Just like Craigslist you can post listings for Goods, Services and Housing.  

Here is an example of what a listing looks like:   

Here is an example of the Gallery View of listings:

Here is an example of an AirBnb-style room listing:

The Peerhub Difference

I started Peerhub in early 2014 and worked on it for a year before putting it on hold.  It is meant to be a Web 2.0 upgrade to the old online marketplaces that include Craigslist, Ebay and Etsy.  It is meant to use the best new blockchain money of the world and be a foundation for a New Economy.  Peerhub started with Bitcoin as a payment option, but I wasn’t convinced mainstream users would spend or want to learn about Bitcoin.  People don’t want to spend an entirely new and volatile currency and Bitcoin owners really want to hold Bitcoin as an investment just like gold.   I had Peerhub waiting in the wings until a strong cryptodollar solution came along and am confident Steem dollars and the Steem community will be a perfect fit for this platform!  I expect that the Steem dollar will eventually become much closer to parity with the US dollar and that there will be much more liquidity in the near future, so let’s do this!

Open & Social Platform

Peerhub is meant to be an open and social platform.  However, you can remain anonymous on the platform if you want because all you need is an email address to sign up.  The social revolution of Facebook and Twitter hasn’t extended too far into marketplaces yet, although Etsy and Airbnb have led the way.  People make purchase decisions based on social influence and trust so there is definitely a huge opportunity for more open and social marketplaces.

Product & Technology

 Search Bar / Filters / Menu

This marketplace platform was designed around making things very easy to use and our goal is to maintain a minimalist and intuitive UI/UX.  We also want to keep the website performance high and loading fast.  Our core philosophy is making things simple, easy and fast.  Excluding the time to find a photo and write a product description, it should take less than a minute to sign up and post an item!

Reputation System & Private Network

User Trust Ratings 

One of the key features of Peerhub is a very simple trust system.  All you do is click a button to trust or untrust someone. The higher trust rating you have the more comfortable others can be with buying and selling from you. Anyone you trust is part of a Private network and you can list goods/services/housing to only those in your Private network if you choose.  Sometimes you may want to sell an item for a deep discount or give away something for free to your Private network.  Sometimes you don’t want to rent out a room to a stranger, but might be willing to rent to someone you know.  

Rating System

Rating systems are difficult.  Some are too complex and many aren’t meaningful.  We have a simple four-point rating system that adds more meaning than Ebay’s three-point rating.  We have the following:  Love, Like, Neutral, Dislike.  Hence with the Love button you gain a greater ability to distinguish between products & services.  We will also allow both buyers & sellers to review and comment on each other.  

Messaging System

You can communicate with other members individually, as a group in your private network or in a forum with the entire community.

Local Filter

You can list items from anywhere in the world, but currently addresses and the Local filter just work for those in the US.  The Local filter displays items within a 50 mile radius of an address.  We would like to expand the Local filter for our international audience soon.

Steem Payments

All you have to do to accept Steem is to Edit your profile section and add your Steemit username in the form next to the word Steem.  Whenever someone buys an item from you, they’ll know what Steemit account to send the payment to.  That’s it!

Business Model

Listing, buying, or selling in the marketplace is completely FREE! How will we survive?  The main way we'll make money is from the Peerhub Store. It's important to know we have a sustainable business model, otherwise we won't have the resources to grow our platform much less maintain it.  

Peerhub Store

Our main priority is building up the marketplace, but we do have a store section we’ll use to sell thousands of new products we have access to through wholesale relationships. We'll start with books, health supplements and children's toys since we have access to good wholesalers in those categories. We have a book distributor with access to millions of books. Watch out Amazon!

For now we’ll only sell items in the Store for Steem dollars.  That will encourage outsiders to purchase Steem dollars on the platform.  Here are just some of the items we have in the store:


Health Supplements

Children's Toys

[Note: We are in the process of updating our store listings so for now please message us before you purchase so we can verify the stock in our product inventory. ]

In The Future
  • Easy payment/checkout system (eg. Steempay integration)
  • Steem Escrow
  • Customized shopfronts:  Add your own business logo, theme, style and personalize your store. 

Community & Contest

We’re extremely excited to have @anwenbaumeister take the lead role in growth & community outreach.  She’ll also be posting newly listed items in the marketplace weekly and that should help you advertise your products to a wider audience!  Peerhub is live in beta so please sign up and list some items! 

Now Let’s Have Some Fun With The First Peerhub Contest Raffle!

We’ll have our first ever raffle contest for a total of $300 in Steem dollar prizes!  If you post a listing on Peerhub or if you reblog this post, you can earn raffle tickets to win Steem dollar prizes!

$150 Peerhub Listing Contest!  Three chances to WIN raffle drawing !!!
$100 First Place / $40 Second Place / $10 Third Place

Listing Contest Rules:

  • Your item must have a photo and must be something you really want to sell. 
  • You get one raffle ticket entry for each unique listing 
  • You must add your Steem username in your Peerhub profile section so we know where to send you Steem$
  • One unique winner for each place
  • $150 Promotion Contest!  Another three chances to WIN !!!
    $100 First Place / $40 Second Place / $10 Third Place

    Promotion Contest Rules:

  • Reblog this post !
  • You get one raffle ticket for each 10 followers you have if you reblog.
  • One unique winner for each place
  • Both raffles expire next week at 11pm ET Tuesday on September 27th.  We’ll make final determination of all qualifications and rules are subject to change for unintentional errors and omissions.  @anwenbaumeister will announce the winners of the contest next week. 

    Thank You.  Good Luck.  Have Fun!


    Let’s build this New Economy together.  The Economy for You and Me!

    Please click the reblog button to support us.

    Thank you!!!


    Woohoo! Just posted my first item for sale. NOTE: if a user attempts to upload a png, the post fails with an unclear message. You really should either:

    • Allow png images
    • Warn users to only use jpg images

    Thanks! Here is a link to my product


    Exciting development in itself, glad to see you are starting this part of the revolution! Namaste :)

    Congrats @ned for being the very first customer on Peerhub and purchasing Bill's tumbler! (I don't believe anyone has purchased or sold anything before on the website other than myself. ) Thanks so much @ned and I hope Bill delivers. =P

    @ned also has the second purchase ever from Michael's Doge Astronaut painting by James Heninger here:

    Let me know how the transaction process goes. Thanks so much @ned @billbutler and Michael! Jd.

    Actually I think the Doge Astronaut painting was the very first transaction? Anyways thanks everyone!

    I'll deliver. Getting them etched on 9/29 and in the mail 9/30!

    Great to hear! Maybe wrapped with a bow/ribbon and a personal note? Just kidding, but people do like the personal touch. .. great job on creating the product btw!

    Thanks Bill! Looks nice. Yes jpg only for now. We have to get work on the error message screen. There is a info callout so hopefully that helps a little. Anyways nice job with the tumbler!

    Joining :) thank you for the info! Reblogged as well :)

    I love this. What a great way to leverage steem dollar utility. Thanks for creating this. Reblogged and tweeted!

    Great thank you for the support!

    Upvoted! I really like what you are doing here. Shared on
    and much more :-)

    All for one and one for all! Thanks and namaste :)

    Thanks so much for the share! Feel free to reblog to enter our contest!
    Hope you list a few items. Thanks!

    Joining! nice work :)

    how this affects plans for SteemMarket?

    Fantastic!!! Thanks so much for the support!!!

    Can I post services?

    Yes! You just need to click on the second dropdown filter! We don't have many listings and we're going to tailor the categories for the Steemit community as we get more listings.

    Congarts on the site, I just signed up and it looks neat, I will be adding some services soon.

    I also re-blogged this post so I hope I am participating on the contest as well :)

    Great thanks for the reblog! And yes you'll be entered in the contest! 8)

    First item on Line 😜 Reblog is also done! Let's do it!!!

    Ouppsss reblog doesn't work ... I always have this message :
    TypeError: undefined is not an object (evaluating 'i.get')

    Awesome thanks for the reblog and good luck on the contests!

    Steemit just keeps getting better and better! We are going to blow away any platform that even thought about existing! Good work @steemit


    Einstein would be proud

    I added a request in the Steemit Wish List to officially integrate this into the main Steemit website!

    That would be an honor to be integrated. Thanks for the request and great list of suggestions @timcliff!

    There was a comment from one of the people in the thread about using the Steem blockchain escrow vs. your own centralized Peerhub escrow. Is moving to the Steem escrow something that you plan to eventually do?

    Yes the Steem blockchain escrow is what we plan to implement!

    Awesome, thanks!

    I was asked more than once "What can I buy?" or "Can I buy anything with this?" and could only reply that, yes, they could and will be able to do so much more as time goes by... Glad to come across this post, very well done. Thank you and namaste :)

    Thanks for checking it out and hopefully you list some things as well! Namaste

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