I feel comfortable looking at total numbers, as it it was completely different back then.
There already were plenty of altcoins, but although Ethereum was beginning to get mentioned as the superior technology, BTC had a giant share of the total market cap that counted a whopping 8 billion, which means, in the grand scheme of things, crypto – bitcoin included – was irrelevant.
And so was MAID. Although in the crypto microcosm, it was frequently mentioned as the next big thing. Along with Dash, Monero, Ripple and company.
Here’s a snapshot from May 2016:
These days, a bloody Stellar has the same market cap itself. MaidSafe saw almost a tenfold increase in terms of market cap, but also a free fall down the ranks, which only tells you it’s like comparing 18th and 20th century. So yeah, number 88 on the coin market list, but also an article in Guardian.
For an unfinished product in the sea of the working and over-hyped ones, Maid does more than okay. What it really needs is:
a) to get finished
b) to work
c) to get adopted and developed upon
Another relax-and-enjoy-the-obscurity-while-it-lasts rant over.