Whats the difference between Minnows, Dolphins and Whales on steemit? & why should you care?

in steemit •  3 years ago  (edited)

Steemit users can be roughly put in one of 3 categories depending on how much STEEM POWER (SP) they hold.

If you're on steemit to make money (or to help others make money), it's important you know which category you call under because the people in different categories are rewarded differently (or not) for their behaviour on steemit.


This is likely you if you have just joined steemit and if your SP is below 1 million.

As a minnow you won't make any money curating

The only way you can earn STEEM is by writing valuable content. My definition of valuable content is content which Dolphins and Whales will want to upvote. Remember that steemit is growing very fast so the competition to get noticed by Dolphins and Whales gets stiffer every day.

Some ways you can get noticed by Dolphins and Whales are:

  1. Sharing your posts on Facebook & Twitter - this is because: if your friends sign up, your post will climb the "hot" category which will in turn make it more visible to the Dolphins and Whales.
  2. Tagging your posts with a trending and hot category/s - this will make it easier to get discovered by Dolphins and Whales


Dolphins don't have as much SP as whales buty they have enough to make a different when they vote. 

I would put Dolphins as people with 25,000+ SP. Or someone who will give you 50 cents or more when they upvote your post within the first 15 minutes or so.

Dolphins earn curation SP by voting on posts that will become popular and that will be voted on by the Whales so they want to move in and vote before the Whales come in.


I would define a whale as someone with enough SP in their wallet to give you $10 or more when they upvote your post within the first 15 minutes.

Whales have the biggest influence on posts. Their votes have a big effect on which posts get attention and which  posts make the most money.

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@tkembo, I'm not even a minnow, but a lowly whale fart particle. At the rate I'm climbing, my grandkids might get a few dollars for an ice cream. Nice post!

And look at you now with 70 reputation and almost a Dolphin.

aye, blisterin' farticles!

You may not be a minnow yet! But you are one of my favs on this site.

Dude, You make my day.

I think on this scale most of us are pond scum. Maybe we might get to become plankton one day

It is mathematically nearly impossible for anyone other than the whales to grow much past their current state. Without taking someone else down. There is a set amount of money per day allocated to voting, and when new users are added it will be worse.

Thanks for sharing this material, I like what you posted. Thank you so much

You're welcome

So these are the actual definitions?

I had never seen such before, and whenever I asked, I could get no definite reply.

Some had started to call me a dolphin, but I had always wondered.

Looks like I'm just a big minnow.... :-)

Hahahahaha.... If at a reputation of 70 you are a big minnow, then i should retire to the nursery section of kid minnows. Life's unfair indeed

Is there any more recent information about this?

Please follow me back.

Highly useful info. Cheers!

great info, greetings