If this were to happen, what would become of Safecoin, and how would that impact anyone who held Safecoin? With something like Bitcoin, despite mining-induced centralization, there is no way for anyone to “buy” the entire ecosystem. It seems the same cannot be said of Maidsafe and it’s tech.
On another note, I had a fairly long conversation with a colleague of mine yesterday about how Safenet will impact “internet giants.” Internet giants that run on the freemium model are apt to dislike the fact that SAFE would leave data in the hands of the consumer. Losing control over consumer data would force them to find another way to monetize their business, and it’s difficult to get people to start paying for what they’ve always perceived as free.
I’ve been asking myself why someone like, say Facebook, would want to utilize SAFE. The only benefits I could see that would compel them to do so would be enhanced security and lower storage costs. However, it doesn’t matter if you have the lowest costs on earth if you have no revenue coming in. Perhaps, if freemium based companies were to adopt SAFE, they could require users to use their website in a “public” mode, if that is possible.
On the other hand, I think that SAFE would be a great platform for institutions (e.g., government, hospitals, financial firms, etc.) for who security and cost concerns are paramount, and revenue streams are active (i.e., flow from transacted goods or services) as well as app developers who need a place to build and test in a secure and inexpensive way.
I’m still learning about SAFE and it’s many use cases, so I’d appreciate it if anyone could call out the benefits to a company like Facebook or Google that I am overlooking, or perhaps propose another customer segmentation framework.