I was pointed by David to this awesome forum. I am currently working on a proof of work for a messaging services that uses distributed data. First off, I have no technical background, only a decent knowledge about cryptocurrencies and experience as a concept writer. I believe that the concept that I am currently working on could be a very suitable use-case for SAFE and would like to discuss the possibility of a technical implementation with interested people. I already made some sketches that may be shared with interested peers.
The basic idea is a Messaging Service that is very comparable to Twitter. The main difference between a Twitter-like service and my proof of concept is:
- It is decentralized.
- It allows to share data
- Posting, retweeting, following, opening files costs “money”
- It rewards active nodes that with an internal currency
- Content can be controlled by allowing users to define a timeframe to remain in the system (much like the feature in SnapChat)
There is a project (Twister) that uses a blockchain to run a Twitter clone, however I am looking for something that allows to store large data and MaidSafe appearently allows both storing and sharing (with different people).
What is this concept about?
I originally started with working on a concept for a crowdfunding platform that allows cultural creatives (CC) (journalists, researchers, activists), to generate revenue on a regular basis for their engagement and activities (working title: supportR, the concept paper can be found here) comparable to services like Patreon or Flattr. (Please consider that this is not the proof of work that I am currently working on, but a prior, much different version).
While the original core of the concept was distribution of funds and communication the stuff that happens around, I realized that it is quite the opposite: Social networks already serve as the main generator to allow people “consuming” the products of cultural creatives.
ATM Twitter and other comparable services “reward” content generators for their activity with the chance to get attention. A lot of professional sectors, especially journalists and artists, but also activists and even scientists base their activities on this highly volatile currency that doesn’t pay you with anything than the chance to have higher income through advertisement or a better chance to get a paid job. There are several solutions to support these target groups with a regular income for their work (Patreon, Flattr) or with project funding (Kickstarter, IndieGogo, etc), however the platforms take quite a large cut, can deny you access to the system and are effectively unnecessary when you can integrate payments into a decentralized platform.
Also, the idea of “free services” is closely connected to the monetization of money by third parties. There is a growing awareness that services like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram “cost” you something, but most mainstream users see the alternatives.
I became intrigued by the idea that users are requested to pay for their activity within the network, but at the same time can earn by contributing to network stability. The basic idea, however, was a different one, that is: rewarding content creators based on the usage of their content.
Whenever users duplicate posts, refer to it, follow etc. a certain sum of the internatl currency is sent to the creator. This way additional to farming (sharing storage) users could generate value through posting content and profit through virality.
The idea is bit more complex and if someone is interested I can elaborate on that. This just as a start for interested folks to chime-in.