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Comprehensive Blockchain Social Media Platforms Review V
This is my fifth comprehensive review of blockchain social media platforms meant to give you the most thorough resource and reference for finding the next best platforms to use! In this review, I cover about 170 social media platforms that either uses the blockchain in some way or are crypto-monetized.
This will be covering some new platforms not covered in the previous but mainly re-reviewing any applications or websites that weren’t quite to par but weren’t awful from the last review. I will very briefly double-check the awful ones and either add them here if they’ve improved or not include them given, they were in the last one and you don’t need to see the same thing twice.
In the video itself, I go through some of the main recommendations I give and the platforms that I am currently using. I only go through some brief examples of ones not recommended for sake of time and to give some insight as to how I came to my decisions.
One last thing before starting is that I’d like to state my bias. I will look unfavorably on websites that require too much verification like requiring you verify your phone to even browse the platform (several platforms failed to verify mine), require you to spend crypto on every interaction, require Facebook or Google to sign up, websites that are overly centralized, websites that claim to use blockchain but don’t, and most EOS platforms given the challenge it is to use them and all the extra extensions and programs needed that make it almost unusable for mobile. Note that I have included several EOS platforms in the not recommended as I still did go and try them.
I’d also like to state that in a few cases now, I’ve been historically correct with what will or won’t succeed. I said Hyperspace won’t last because they require post-approvals, phone verification to earn when they couldn’t verify a Canadian number, and they lacked features. They shut down likely because they didn’t meet all these criteria and as such, I have continued to apply the same criteria to every platform I review. To see the breakdown of why I chose these categories you can check out this video: https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/Blockchain-Social:4
I’ve also done countless interviews with executives from many of these companies and am always looking to chat with more. So, if you or someone you know might want to get their project out there or would like to help connect me with anyone from the companies listed below, I would be very grateful.
Note some of my notes on these platforms are in short-form, so it may not follow perfect sentence structure.
Check these out. There are many chains I didn’t dive into and many apps not worth reviewing. Keep in mind most apps on Steem or Hive for example, are just interfaces and not different platforms so it’s not necessary to explore every single one.
You’ve seen a lot of these on the previous and they haven’t improved. I’ve broken this up into certain categories as to why I haven’t recommended them so it’s immediately clear in some cases. Some fit into multiple categories but I will just leave them in one. One that may apply to many platforms below and doesn’t have its own category is if you cannot withdraw your crypto from the platform or it’s extremely challenging to do so. That is an automatic don’t recommend and very sketchy.
These platforms may be great, but they are so niche, that I wouldn’t recommend them to a general audience, but if they fit your niche, they may be interesting for you.
VeriArt - Certified and unique digital art tokens verified on the leading enterprise blockchain. Very niche platform, but great for artists. - https://www.veriarti.io/
Lumeos - EOS app - Too niche for a social platform (only polling and surveys). So, I didn’t even test this. https://lumeos.io
Creary – Pretty much only for sharing art. It's still too early on, the community is very small and just too niche, though great for artists - https://creary.net/
Tatatu – This just pays you for watching old movies and such. Not bad if you enjoy doing so, but otherwise pretty useless. You’re supposed to also be able to post content too, but when I tried it didn’t work. - https://app.tatatu.com/
Kuende – Platform is only made up of challenges and is very unique, but I don’t think this has much of an appeal to people looking for a new social platform. It’s more of a gamified bounty/airdrop program. Barely any users - https://kuende.com
Smoke.io - *This is a cannabis niche platform alternative to Steem. This platform doesn’t exist on the Steem network and has its own separate blockchain unlike the rest listed. I don’t have much of an opinion of it as I haven’t used it more than signing up and posting a couple of times, but if you like marijuana and want to share earn cryptocurrency while engaging with a community based around the topic of marijuana, then this is the place for you. It’s fairly active and works very similar to Steemit. https://smoke.io
Scorum – This platform is well set up, but I do not use it because I’m not big on sports or gambling. This is a very niche platform geared for just that. They have their own cryptocurrency and operate similar to Steem, but with a more Minds like blogging style. This is here as a recommendation for those really into the sports niche. I am not recommending it because I personally won’t use it or check up on it to know how things are really going but I highly suggest checking it out if that’s your thing. I won’t look favorably on hyper niche platforms unless they plan to expand like Uptrennd promises. https://scorum.com
Appics – This is an application on the Steem network that is essentially Instagram. I’m not a huge fan of it because I don’t really use Instagram and prefer apps that aren’t mobile only. For people who want a blockchain Instagram though I highly recommend it. - https://appics.com/
These platforms lack media functionality meaning they may not allow pictures or videos and thus lack good content.
U.Community – Can’t embed links or add videos. Also, can’t add any media to blog posts so I didn’t continue using it - https://u.community/ (not secure either)
CryptoCommunityWorld – Can’t use symbols in your password which is odd – Couldn’t update my picture – way too many tabs (unnecessary and unorganized) – Feels spammy, there are so many memberships and things to join or pay for on top of everything else – couldn’t post a picture and the site is slow. https://cryptocommunityworld.com (restructuring and not accessible)
I don’t care much for messenger alternatives when most social platforms offer messengers within their dapps. This review is mainly for actual social media platform dapps.
Amino Chats and Communities – Amino is interesting, but I really like using the desktop version of applications, and given this is mobile-only, that’s unideal for me. Nonetheless, I’m not a huge fan of small group chat communities so Amino isn’t my thing. If you like Discord/Telegram groups or have enjoyed using node-based social platforms like Mastodon - https://aminoapps.com/
Nestree – Blockchain-based messenger with rewards. It's a decent platform, but it’s just for messaging. - https://www.nestree.io
CryptoSpeech – Uses the Ethereum blockchain to permanently post messages. However, there are only 120 posts, they are all anonymous, you cannot copy and paste or add media, you can only write 128 characters and the platform really has no goal or direction - http://cryptospeech.com
eChat.io – While blockchain-based decentralized secure messenger platforms are awesome and privacy-focused, I don’t consider it a social media platform, but is worth checking out if that’s something you’re looking for. https://echat.io
Status – A messaging application that lets you chat, transact, and use their dapps. I will start by saying that I don’t entirely consider a messaging application a social platform, but there were very few good applications and platforms to review. I’m not a fan of what could easily be a browser solution that requires you to download it on a computer because I just don’t see many people using it. On mobile, however, I think that’s fine, but not on a computer. It does have its own dapp portal which is pretty awesome. They apparently have some of the most dev activity, so they are clearly working hard to improve it. Maybe there is a difference in functionality between the desktop and mobile app, but I found it to be awful. I could only edit my display name and nothing else. Also, every topic I joined like #blockchain and #cryptocurrency had no communication. They don’t show you previous messages, so it honestly seems like no one at all is using it. I don’t see the crypto aspect to this. I get that it’s more secure using blockchain, but do not recommend using it. Just find an encrypted messenger. https://status.im/
They make it too challenging to get started or to use the platform to get adopted.
Onz – You had to download their wallet and I wasn’t sure how the social platform was accessed or utilized. The site was also slow - https://www.onzcoin.com/#
PeerTube – Look I’d love to recommend this, but the average user would be confused, and though I understand that true decentralization requires many networks but separating and keeping users in that network with an extremely limited upload space capacity would lead me to not even bother using the platform. Had I joined an instance, there would be 59 others in it only and I’d have the ability to upload 1 or 2 videos before capping out. No crypto or blockchain use and not recommended. https://joinpeertube.org/
GNUsocial - Hard to find, poor UI, and confusing join process. No crypto or blockchain use. - https://gnu.io/
Native Money – You have to contact them in order to sign up which seems pointless and they have more or less abandoned all their social platforms leading me to believe they are not maintaining this project - https://native.money/
Snax – Just another crypto blockchain platform, but they require you to download a mobile wallet or download an extension to use the platform, and honestly at this point having like 50 wallets and more than enough extensions on my browser, I can safely say that no one is going out of their way to use this new platform with a tiny community considering only 100 people have downloaded the application. - https://snax.one/
Foresting – It wasn’t ready for the longest time and when it launched, I was unimpressed and underwhelmed. It’s a Korean version of Steepshot but you more so earn their points which you could spend if you lived in Korea on a very limited number of items. It was also slow and didn’t respond very well. https://foresting.io/
AnTube – From what I could tell, you couldn’t actually use ATT as a cryptocurrency or withdraw it. It’s also not listed on any exchanges. Outside of that, most posts seemed to be very low quality and you were forced to watch ads for 5 seconds regularly that take up your entire phone screen. I’d say this is just an ad traffic money grab. - https://antube.io/
Peepeth – Great concept, but it’s a bit cumbersome signing every 15 actions. Used to make you pay for transactions, now it’s free again, but because you have to sign transactions it’s limited to people who understand and use wallets and browsers like Metamask. If they can make it more accessible to anyone, then it could do much better. Lately, I can’t even log in. - https://peepeth.com/
This is self-explanatory. It’s either not working, has little to no community, and or no engagement or interaction from the community which may go hand in hand.
All.me – Not very intuitive. Not sure how to get ME crypto. Most of the content seems like spam but it’s hard to tell. While there are people posting, there is little to engagement. Usually like 1 like on each post. It seems somewhat like Instagram so maybe these posts are legitimate, but I can’t tell as there’s no substance and it all looks like stock photos. - https://all.me
Sphere Social – Doesn’t actually use blockchain, just has points, only even lets you use Paypal. It’s an awkward Facebook clone - https://sphere.social
OGP – This could go under non-English, no community, or poor verification setup as they only let you sign in via Google or Facebook. The posts on the homepage are over a year old so don’t bother with this one - https://www.ogq.me/
Voten – Little to no users and engagement. Top posts had less than 5 likes. - https://voten.co/
Mastodon - Not a fan of the small hub like setup where you in these echo chambers like Hubzilla, Diaspora, Gnusocial, and more. No crypto or blockchain use. However, it is good for decentralized and distributed social networks. - https://joinmastodon.org/
Whooo – Says they have an Android app, but they don’t. They may have a working IOS app, but I wouldn’t rely on it. It uses the Katlyn network and it supposed to be the first blockchain dating app but doesn’t work. https://whooo.dating
Cinema.Cash – I signed up and had high hopes for it only to realize they were mostly hosting copyrighted content which was getting taken down regularly and they even took down my video just unboxing a gift from LBRY. It’s clearly not fully functional or very poorly managed. - https://cinema.cash/
Coil – Coil seems interesting and has a medium feel. There is barely anyone using it though currently and its payout system and partners aren’t the best. I wanted the second partner so I could get payouts in BTC, so I go to sign up and it doesn’t work forcing me to use the first payout option in XRP. That’s not a big deal, but it’s not impressive. The reason it’s not recommended is that the top trending articles only have a few likes. It could eventually gain more traction though. I’ve used it for months and gotten 0 interaction. Not recommended. After leaving it for a month and coming back I found that I could not access my account to log in. - https://coil.com
WeYouMe - I think using a picture as a password is the weirdest and the least safe and conventional way to secure an account. It’s also super new and there are very few people on the platform. Most haven’t even added a profile picture. - https://www.weyoume.io/
JoshWhoTv – I will see how this works, but so far, it’s a bit glitchy and it keeps signing me in and out for some reason. I’m not of fan of the name or of how many background images are of photos that don’t blend well, and it looks like an awkward homemade site with this design. I’m not sure how this uses crypto and it doesn’t seem to say anything about it anywhere, but we shall dive in. Uploading content is interesting. Recent uploads even as of 48 hours ago have 0 views and top videos have less than 300 views and some are over 7 months old. Like BitTube, most of the content just seems to be plagiarized and not original. This place really reminds me so much of BitTube. Like BitTube it does have a great import feature, but that’s really its only redeeming quality. You also get notifications for their top live streamers which is annoying and something I don’t want. Many times, where it is down or not working. - https://www.joshwhotv.com
Friendster.io – Uses Tron and though I’m not sure how legit their withdrawals and monetization is, I was able to earn $300 of their coin Friendster in about 10 seconds. There are not many people using it and the main person posting and earning tips is the owner who forced you to follow him when you originally sign up which seems unethical. It shows he is the only one as the most tipped over the last 24 hours with his profile repeated 5 times for some reason and while I see the merit, it’s just so underwhelming. To access the full features of the platform you have to pay either $3 weekly, $9 monthly, $99 yearly, or $199 for a lifetime subscription which to me sounds like they are trying to get money from the suckers who actually think this will go somewhere. This feels like a bad MeWe. You can’t even use the money you earn to buy the plans. When I go to my wallet, I cannot withdraw my points and the only option is gives you to withdraw is your email. - https://friendster.io/
DLike – This is an interface of Steem that also has its own token – It functions similarly to Steemit but you’re able to earn Steem and DLike tokens. They only have 2700 users on here so I don’t know how relevant it is, but hey if you want to earn tokens on top of the Steem you get, this may be for you https://dlike.io/
Adorin – UI is okay, functionality is decent. It’s essentially Facebook, but there’s little to no users or engagement and it could use some design improvements - https://www.adorin.cc
Bitbin – Very raw UI and only has like 117 posts so I just didn’t bother with this one - https://bitbin.it/
Buzzshow – Great layout, great video hosting application, but I couldn’t successfully upload a video after a few tries, so I gave up. I will come back to this in the future as obviously given other people have uploaded it may just be not working for me. Tried uploading again and it still doesn’t work months later. Noticed the minimum withdrawal was 50,000 Goldies which are sold at $0.50. Goldies are their cryptocurrency but I couldn’t find anywhere where I could actually find it or trade it outside of their website. With their minimum withdrawal that means you need to earn $25,000 before you can withdraw. This could easily be a scam where they want you to put a bunch of money in and you’ll never ever get it out. - https://buzzshow.com
PocketNetwork – Tried signing up and had an issue then came back again and it worked. I tried navigating around but you have to set up your profile first, so I try, and it doesn’t save it. I shrug it off and go to explore and it says no go and set up your profile, so I try again. After 3 tries I gave up and simply do not recommend it. Came back months later and tried twice more, no luck. - https://pocketnet.app
Sigle – This is essentially the blockchain version of Medium though it has no community or way to interact with others other than direct links at the moment. - https://app.sigle.io/
Numa – This looks like a super basic Wix or WordPress site and has no option to sign up or create anything. Also, every post is made by “admin.” So I’m not sure how this got listed anywhere - https://numaverse.com/
DebutApp – Blockstack social apps seem to never live up to expectations. You cannot see anything until you follow people, and you don’t know who has content to offer. Most people haven’t posted so this is a dead-end. - https://debutapp.social
Fupio – Either I’m doing something wrong or there are literally no posts on this. https://fupio.com
SpheroidUniverse – This is essentially Snapchat meets augmented reality, but it’s very basic right now. It’s worth checking out and I’m sure if it grows the right way that it will become popular in the AR and blockchain world. I don’t recommend it yet because it needs to develop further first - https://www.spheroiduniverse.io
Scrypto.io – Most of the content is spam and just advertising random merchandise and products like protein powder and toilet paper. - https://scrypto.io
Mithril – This is an ERC20 token that both PiePie (formally known as Lit) and Yeemos use. You earn MITH tokens currently worth $0.01 for sharing short expiring videos and images similar to a crypto monetized Snapchat. The issue is that it’s mostly spam posts and non-English users that make up the community. I used PiePie for a while and was unimpressed. https://piepieapp.com/ - http://www.yeemos.com/
Akasha – I previously had access to Akasha and for some reason no longer do. It was mediocre and felt like a weird combination of Tweetdeck and Facebook. They essentially used the design of Tweetdeck with the functionality of Facebook and while that was fine, there was almost no userbase and it was slow as well. It’s coming soon. When I tested it previously, it had the same issue as Peepeth (expensive transaction gas fees), it was 0.22$ to follow one person so it’s not viable - https://akasha.world
InkDrop – This is an ETH free speech bulletin board platform. However, it’s still not ready and is in beta. They require you to request access to join so I wasn’t able to get approval during the time I did this review. https://www.inkdrop.tech/
Most people want a simple browser experience or a mobile application. Needing to download something on your PC is a huge resistance point and likely will limit adoption.
Lisk – Need to download explorer and is still very early in development - https://lisk.io
Empow – Though it’s an interesting concept, I don’t think people will want to use a platform that only works with a browser extension. Especially considering the extension requires permissions to modify data you copy and paste amongst other security flaws. There were very few people on the platform, so I didn’t bother with it. - https://empow.io/
Substratum – I have been waiting for this for some time and now that I’ve finally got a chance to download it and try it out, I’m sad to say that there completely bogus claims of “The average person can use the internet, but can they run it? Substratum says yes, absolutely. All our tools are elegantly designed to be as user friendly as possible. Nodes run independently behind the scenes, allowing you to use your preferred browser.
Visitors see Substratum websites just like a standard page. No plug-ins to install or software to download.”
The problem is however that Substratum isn’t intuitive or obvious at all as to how to set it up or get started. You must set yourself up as either a creator or a consumer (why not both?) and then input your external IP, Neighbor node descriptor, Earning wallet address, and your blockchain service URL. The help buttons just say things like “copy your neighbor node descriptor and paste it here.” I have no idea what information they want or how I would even have a wallet for $SUB having just downloaded it. It also presents error messages when there seems to be no actual errors which is odd. The point is that I don’t think anyone is going to figure this out aside from the more technically inclined very blockchain savvy users. - https://substratum.net/
It’s unrealistic to expect the average person to come from legacy platforms who is willing to pay for everything they previously did for free even if they have the potential to make money when they can make money for free elsewhere.
Chirp – Very similar interface to Twitter and while it looks great, it requires coins to comment, like, post, or do mostly anything. You can’t follow people anymore. It lacks most features including even having a settings section or a place where you could change your password. I couldn’t even find a way to buy more coins if I ran out, so not sure what happens then, I assume you’re done with the platform at that point similar to Twetch. I will say though, I haven’t run out and for that, it is much better than Twetch. - https://chirp.la/
Vevue – Requires payments to do most of the interactions and has a very poor design. They don’t keep up with their social platforms either. - https://www.vevue.com/
Yours.org – This is a Bitcoin SV based blockchain social platform. I don’t recommend it because I dislike any model that requires you to fund your account and spend BSV for any like or engagement you have with another person’s content. These models simply don’t work because the masses aren’t looking to spend money to casually browse and interact with content. https://www.yours.org
Masmic – Platform where you pay cryptocurrency to encourage people to respond to your posts and the top answers win the bounty. I think this is weird since most people want to earn currency not pay for the attention of people looking to earn crypto from you. The answers are mostly poorly written spam which is what you might expect when people pay you directly for commenting. - https://www.masmic.com/
Twetch – You have to make a MoneyButton account. Originally, I had to send my MoneyButton ID to them in a DM on Twitter to get your account which seems very strenuous. After getting signed up I realized that this is probably the most expensive crypto platform to ever exist. To follow someone is $0.10, to change some settings for my profile costs $1 each, and you don’t even get to pick your @handle. I ended up with just getting @7800. It’s an awfully expensive Bitcoin SV platform that I 100% do not recommend. Tried it again recently and couldn’t log in. Came back months later and couldn’t post due to having no funds. – https://twetch.app
They may be great platforms for other languages but do not properly support English users and given I’m English speaking only, I will only review English platforms. Most of the Klaytn dapps are non-English. Check these out if you want something for non-English users.
Golos – Almost all non-English users and I wasn’t trying to get into that since they probably won’t read my posts and vice versa - https://golos.io/
Primas – They have a small network, no language filter and it’s mostly not English so I wasn’t impressed. Only for mobile, but mainly for blogging so a bit annoying. Not much to it, wouldn’t recommend it. Only has 100 downloads, 6 reviews, and it’s mobile only so essentially no one is using it. - https://primas.io
Pibble – Non-English, but you can switch to English on the site. However, it’s mobile only so I wouldn’t recommend it. Not to mention on mobile it’s still in another language. - https://pibbleapp.io/
SomeSing – Another Klaytn dapp that is mainly not English and mainly mobile focused. - https://somesing.io/
Requires too much information like your driver’s license just to use the platform or they require a phone verification or something similar, but it doesn’t work and thus preventing you from having full access to the platform.
SwiftDemand – It’s hardly a social platform, it’s more of a forum and the majority of topics are just about the platform rather than actual social conversations and discussion. It couldn’t verify my identity, so I can’t make money. They want all your information to give you swift which you’re supposed to be able to claim for free not for trading all your privacy like this is an exchange. I gave up after a while. https://www.swiftdemand.com
SNAC/Futurepia – It’s supposedly using a new and cutting-edge consensus model called dual delegated proof of stake or DDPoS. I tried signing up but it refused to validate my phone number (Maybe because I’m from Canada), but nonetheless, I was unable to sign up and use or even see what the platform looks like - https://snacpia.com & https://futurepia.io
Yup – I didn’t like that you can only use Yup with a Chrome based browser and that it requires you have their extension. On top of that, the website was unresponsive multiples times and didn’t work properly for me like most EOS dapps. - https://app.yup.io/
TronShare – All you can do with this platform is post to a general feed that everyone sees. There are no profiles, discover or explore pages, or anything that resembles a finished platform. The last post before mine was over a month old and most of it is spam. - https://tronshare.github.io/index.html
Karma – EOSIO dapp - Good concept but way too niche as a platform that is supposed to be “Users are incentivized to do good, share positive & original content” it gives the idea that it’s niche and not just a normal social platform. Their value has dropped 10x since inception and looks like it’s going the same route as Trybe. It’s only usable on mobile which is also less ideal. When I tried registering it said, “problem trying to create account.” Tried again and it didn’t work at all. Months later I tried signing up and it gave me a premade account for some reason with the username Dirma1249 and then when I tried switching my username it said it was taken. After trying 20 usernames I realized that no matter what, it says the username is taken and thus I cannot change my username and update my account. The lack of functionality makes me question why anyone ever “stood up” for Karma as one EOS dapp that works (even though it’s not on their public chain) - https://www.karmaapp.io
Murmur – EOS app - A bit over 100 active users only and requires Scatter which is a terrible application. Can’t earn, only can receive tips. Little to engagement and no one earned anything on their posts. - https://murmurdapp.com
Decentium – EOS app - I like the setup, but again you need Scatter, you can scroll through all this month’s post on one page basically. There were 22 posts in August. You also need to tip your money to other users which I’ve never been a fan of. This is a no go. Tested. - https://decentium.org/
BOID – EOS app - There were only 307 or so active users – Didn’t bother signing up since you also have to pay 17,319 BOID to start using it and given there are so few users and I already don’t like EOS I wasn’t willing to test this one and I doubt other will either. Didn’t test. - https://app.boid.com/
Nebula – EOS app - Barely any users, most posts are like “hello world” or “testing” One user even ironically commented on how most EOS dapps are gambling or not very good. Didn’t test. https://app.nebulaprotocol.com
The platform claims to use blockchain or have a cryptocurrency when it really doesn’t or it does, but it has no value or no way to retrieve the value from it.
UpLive - Just another live streaming service that you can earn on, but it’s not blockchain or crypto-related and it feels like an almost exclusively Camgirl culture version of Twitch - https://www.upliveapps.com
WTech World – Gets me to follow the “most popular” users when I join who have a few followers and look like spam accounts. Instead of crypto, you have points and when you have 6000 points, that is worth $1. However, you need $50 worth of points to withdraw. This means if you do the 4 main actions to earn: commenting, creating a new post, reacting, and creating a blog, you will only earn 40 points. It will take 150 days to earn $1 meaning at that rate it will take you about 20 years to earn the minimum payout. No thanks. - https://wtechworld.com/
UHive – Uhive just pulls most of its content from Twitter and shares from automated accounts that make it appear like many popular entities are using the platform. You can withdraw your balance and earn their crypto, but it isn’t traded anywhere, and it has no value. I don’t recommend UHive unless it gets listed and has more activity from real users. - https://www.uhive.com/
Note – The Note blockchain is an interesting platform similar to a crypto Twitter. I don’t like that the only way to earn Notes are from direct tips because I don’t think anyone will earn much that way. I am also not a fan of any platform that doesn’t have withdrawals or any exchange listings. This means that you can buy Notes from them, but you cannot sell them or get the value back. I won’t invest my time and money into this until that changes. I will post there casually to continue testing though. - https://www.notebc.com/
This is any platform that charges you money to use the platform on a subscription basis.
Verifiable – Dock.io and Indorse completely changed, were sold, or shut down completely. Indorse was very similar to LinkedIn, with some UI and ease of use improvements it could have done well. The only working website is https://verifiable.com/ is completely different and https://indorse.io only lets you validate skills as a programmer. Verifiable is a paid platform with a free trial.
Cinnamon.video – This is an extension of Coil on a video-only platform. Again, it could have potential, but currently, all the videos have a few views or less. It’s just too new for me to recommend yet. I tried watching a video and realized you can’t without paying either. No thanks. - https://www.cinnamon.video/
I previously recommended these and or gave them the benefit of the doubt which they no longer deserve.
Trybe – Trybe is lacking community, profitability, and they don’t have many basics in place like cover images, etc. People don’t interact with much and only really on blog post. There are tons of problems with user activity, monetization, and much more. You can see my video on why I don’t recommend it here: https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/why-i-don-t-recommend-using-trybe:4.
It has been inaccessible for months due to EOS’ CPU issues and I cannot in good conscience continue recommending their platform in hopes they will improve it. I haven’t seen any improvements in the last year. I expect them to be one of the next to close down. - https://trybe.one
COS.TV – COS.TV is a great platform that has focused entirely on video hosting with a very similar setup to Steem where you have voting power and then energy and stamina which is similar to resource credits as well as vested stake of COS that increases your voting power similar to Steem power. I’ve earned about $25 on this platform so far and they’ve recently surpassed Steemit.com on Alexa rankings so they are definitely growing fast. They also announced they were using Theta’s infrastructure. If they can disassociate from Theta, then they maybe could have been viable, but I doubt that will happen. Upon returning to check on Cos.Tv, to my astonishment, they’d unpublished many of my videos that they previously allowed. I was shocked and this is a great example of a platform that uses the blockchain and offers cryptocurrency that isn’t decentralized or any safer than YouTube, if not worse. I’m going to assume it has something to do with them using the Theta network which I’ve openly criticized many times. - https://cos.tv/
These weren’t on the last review, but I do not recommend them now. If you take the time to go through these, you’ll wonder why I even bothered. These will be lumped into the categories above in the next review, but the easiest tell that it won’t be recommended is whether or not you can withdraw your funds. If you can’t withdraw your funds, they aren’t yours.
Wishoo/Ecoin – This platform may be legit, but it looks really awful like one of those survey websites. To that point, it’s riddled with offers and advertisements that pop up in the middle of your screen and you have to close. In a few minutes, I had 3 offers pop up. The whole site is based on offers and ads. From quizzes to offers, to incentivize you to upvote, to lottery tickets They even go as far as to list what your assumed “future value” of your Ecoins might be which they list as more than 20x of what I have now. This may be legit, but it’s not worth finding out. - https://ecoinofficial.org/
Streamanity - Streamanity is kind of a weak YouTube crypto alternative. You have to now pay $1 per video you upload in the hopes that other people will donate you that money and more. I think that is extremely unrealistic and from browsing a bit it seems that most make tiny margins, break even, or just lose money - https://streamanity.com/
Rofkin – Super niche and very restrictive as to who they will allow you to create on their platform. They said they might let me post there and then never followed up. Eventually, a prominent influencer suggested they add me, so they did on my second application. If crypto and blockchain are about decentralization, then Rofkin is by no means adhering to those values. I had no issues uploading and hosting content, but that could also just be because there are so few creators allowed to, and they have little scaling to do. They have a heavy focus on sports which is fine, but makes it very limiting for other content creators. What’s the benefit of using a platform that only hosts select creators with limited variety? Also, I haven’t earned anything at all. - https://www.rokfin.com/
Satshi – Blockstack live streaming alternative to DLive that has little to no users whatsoever. Maybe like 10 streams on the site with a few users watching. DLive has a monopoly and it’s awful. -https://satshi.tv/
Blurt Blog – While Blurt seems legitimate, it poses the same issues that Weku and Whaleshares had in why they even existed as Steem clones. They say the major difference is the removal of downvotes, but that opens the way for spam and mass upvoting for reward farming. They deal with moderation in a centralized way but plan to decentralize in the future. I’m not really a fan of taking a decentralized platform and making it more centralized. I don’t see it as sustainable and anyone who didn’t have a Steem account when they forked May 20th, 2020, and duplicated the balances and accounts has to pay to create an account which I don’t see people doing. Apparently, its niche offers people in third world countries, so I expect even more so that they wouldn’t want to pay to get started. Also, there are fees for everything which is meant to disincentivize spam, yet the fees all go directly to the creators who do little to actually moderate spam. A simple botnet can farm Blurt without consequence. - https://blurt.blog/
Otherwise, just stick with Read.Cash. Also, there are very few people using this and posting. - https://honest.cash/
Crypto Social – Similar to Globo above, not much of a community and it’s not really clear how you earn cryptocurrency. - https://www.crypto-social.net/
Rewardzzz – The community is too small and it’s only on mobile. Only 50 installs on Android. Almost no information on it. Not worth it. - https://rewardzzz.com/
Belacam – Feels like a version of MeWe mixed with something like Steemit except all votes are equal. Their model is quite well set up, but the UI is ugly. Everyone’s like is worth one Bela token and you can stake your tokens to earn 3-4% per month from them which is very good. The bad thing about their token is that if you were to withdraw between 1-20, they will take a 50% fee, 21-50 30%, and 51+ 15%. I understand this is to encourage you to keep your Bela on the platform, but these fees are very high. The thing is too though that no one is really buying or selling. It’s on one exchange with a volume of $3. So, you can’t really sell your earned tokens, you’d have to use their own platform marketplace where you can buy $10 gift cards for 3,500 Bela. If the platform wasn’t made up of spam and people asking each other for likes and sharing spam links in the comments, then this could have had some potential. I couldn’t find one post that wasn’t spam or just random stock photography with no context. - https://www.belacam.com/
Swirge – Almost no one is on this platform, even the admin account has only 552 followers and its posts get a few engagements. It could be okay, but it looks almost the same as Friendster and has the same issues. Also, you can put money in, but can’t take money out so definitely a no go. - https://swirge.com
Xephula – I don’t think this is a real blockchain/crypto platform. When I go to try to buy points, it prompts PayPal and even that doesn’t work. Trying to withdraw doesn’t work either. Apparently, 1,000 points are equal to $1. Given you get 10 points for making a post that’s not terrible at 0.001. Its currency also doesn’t have a name nor is it publicly listed. It is very new, so I’ll give them that, but it honestly just looks like another bad Facebook clone.
Commun – Seems a lot like it’s a clone of Busy.org from Steem just utilizing Commun aka CMN token. It’s not listed anywhere hence you cannot withdraw it so I’m not sure what the play is because you can buy it and give them your money. They let you earn points from groups and using the platform which is redeemable for CMN which you would ideally be able to withdraw and earn from, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere, so this is mainly why I’m not recommending it. It pretty small but seems to be doing okay, the main issue is… “is this a real cryptocurrency?” - https://commun.com/
CreatorEco – Not many people use this, and I find it annoying and odd that you have to create a “community” and a token to be able to post. This means you need to buy Bancor and invest at least 100 into your token for liquidity. While this is cool, if it were optional that would make more sense and make this a viable platform but because you cannot post without investing approximately 32$ USD (at the time of writing), it’s unrealistic this will do well. - https://www.creator.eco/
Tipestry – The UI is really bad; you cannot withdraw crypto you earn without a $6.54 fee or 0.0005 BTC so good luck ever making enough to bother with it. You can only post media and such from URL links you have, and nothing can be posted natively. The publisher isn’t the greatest, but what’s worse is that the feed looks awful and you can’t sort it easily with the hashtags they have. Do not recommend it. - https://tipestry.com/
Taklimakan – UI isn’t terrible, but the community really isn’t there. For the most part, posts are getting a couple of likes and no comments. Not sure how to earn crypto. It really just seems like a site trying to siphon your crypto for subscription improvements which are all extremely mediocre like the ability to edit a certain number of posts per month etc. - https://taklimakan.network/
Yalls – You have to pay every time you post something and there are next to no people on this network. There are only 2 groups and no topics. All you can do it is write an article in text and the first line becomes the title. Not recommended. - https://yalls.org/
Utilo – Barely anyone on here, formatting is bad and breaks the user experience. I couldn’t find any other communities or topics, only found like 6 posts on my feed. Not recommended. - https://app.utilo.co/
Rhovit – Everything on the site is just content that exists elsewhere like music videos and TV show clips. I didn’t find any creator content whatsoever. You have to sign up as either a creator or user and not both for some reason. I also got a few errors while trying to navigate where the page didn’t work at all. Not recommended. - https://www.rhovit.com/
Cryptonoid – Simply put, this isn’t a blockchain or crypto platform despite the name. - http://cryptonoid.one/
Utrum – I like this platform and it offers a very unique take on social media, but I feel that it’s a little too niche and not quite there yet. For example, it’s only about cryptocurrency and you can’t just make regular posts. Any post you make has to be about a specific cryptocurrency. Again, it’s unique, but it’s also too niche because you can only write reviews or make predictions amongst a few other things, but you cannot just normally post. Their coin actual has some value, and the platform looks alright but needing to download a PC desktop wallet to be able to use it is always a big no for most users. It took forever to download that wallet too. The community was also pretty small, but given it grows and fixes some issues, I’d be willing to use it. - https://utrum.io/
Zapread – Couldn’t edit my profile. It took me 5 attempts to change my profile picture. The community seems manipulated when posts have 2700 upvotes and 1 comment. I don’t think any of this is legitimate. It’s also made up of mostly the same few posters with ridiculously high upvotes and 1 or 2 comments. - https://www.zapread.com/
Publiq – My post kept loading and never actually posted. Something else I found that was odd was that there were very few people on the platform and one or two authors were showing up for 80%+ of the posts I was seeing even though I wasn’t following anyone. - https://publiq.site/
New Life – Mainly just spam pictures attempting to replicate Tumblr or Pinterest. Only has an app for IOS, no browser platform, or any other way to access it. - https://newlife.ai/
Hyprr – It’s made huge improvements though, this is the successor to HowDoo which was very sketchy read my review on it below. The platform works, but there isn’t a ton going on. There is an okay amount of posting, but little to no engagement. Most posts I saw on the main feed had 1 or no likes, with the occasional post having like 4 or 10 likes. I saw little to no comments at all. For long-form video posts, there were only a few creators I was seeing posting their videos. The user interface design is great. I don’t like that you can’t post a status without sharing an image like Belacam, but being able to share videos, images, and live stream is solid. You can’t actually buy Hype or earn crypto on the platform yet, but maybe when they get it fully working it will be better. The official telegram was supposedly shut down and the current Hyprr (HowDoo) telegram is purely run by the community. You earn primarily through your paid subscribers and tips. There are no platform rewards though they expect there to be an ad model released and staking via UDOO nodes. - https://www.hyprr.com/
Honest – There isn’t a lot of users, but this is essentially the Bitcoin Cash version of Medium. I would recommend it however, you’re better off just using Read.Cash. It also doesn’t have platform rewards and I don’t think a platform can last just based on tips. That is why Read.Cash has become so successful after starting the fund to pay out BCH to creators daily. I will still post here for a bit more and test it out further. - https://honest.cash/
Mamby – Very few users and mostly not English categories with a lot of NSFW content on the main feed. I also didn’t see any blockchain integration or crypto rewards. - https://mamby.com/
Voice – The Voice platform is an interesting EOS experiment but for many reasons, it ends up being a hard no for me. You can find my entire review on it here: https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/eos:8.
You can sign up for their waiting list since it’s still technically invite only onhttps://voice.com/
At first glance, Voice looks like a polished product. After further inspection, you’ll find it’s not. I mean, more than half of the accounts I run into quit posting months ago, probably after realizing you can’t make money on this platform. It was actually way more than half, after going through hundreds of accounts, there are only a handful posting regularly which are the people who are doing well. There is a lot of new people coming in now, so it doesn’t appear that way, but if you look at older accounts, most of what I’ve found has stopped using the platform.
While there may be a nice community here, you can still get that anywhere and it might as well be like Medium with a pretend token that represents claps with a few bonus boosting features. As I explain below a lot of the concepts sound cool but are inherently broken and this “blockchain platform” represents little to none of the values that are commonly attached to that phrase.
Rumble – It’s a good idea and I use it, but there aren’t many users, and the monetization hasn’t worked for me. Most of what is on the platform isn’t original content and subject to copyright issues. - https://rumble.com/
Torum – It’s a decent network, but it’s very new and has no options to access your funds. You can only receive funds and cannot withdraw them. Instead, you’re encouraged to do “missions” to earn XTM as reward bonuses which you again cannot access. Maybe in the future, this could have potential though. - https://www.torum.com/
Not all of these are outright scams, but they all have the potential to be so I will share why I watch out for these ones. By the way, a scam is any fraudulent or deceptive act or operation. Used as a verb, it is defrauding someone, or obtaining something such as money via a scam. So, while some sites may outright explain what they do, a lot of it is hidden or unobvious and will trick many people.
Bearshares - A replica of Steem, but they have had many issues with their platform staying online lately and it seems not worth it to me. To add to that their platform went down and came back with everyone’s posts and cryptocurrency vanished. Biggest scam I’ve used yet https://bearshares.com/
Weku – A Steem alternative that has some potential as a new budding community however their coin has still not reached exchanges, as far as I know, they have one witness, and they have had issues without people illegitimately obtaining Weku via making many fake accounts for the sign in bonus so it has its issues and investing a lot into it would be a mistake. I am trying to get out and no one wants to buy my Weku. I’m pretty sure it’s a scam like Bearshares or was grossly mismanaged - https://deals.weku.io/
Whaleshares – Another Steem alternative that is a safer and better setup than Weku although they do not use a reputation system like other Steem platforms which is very interesting. They are also tied to BTS, and there have been some issues with witnesses running scams with their own witness coins used on Whaleshares so again be wary, I’m selling off almost everything now and keeping a tiny bit. - https://whaleshares.io/
Theta Network – This is very similar to DLive except that their token Theta is actually listed on exchanges. While you can buy it though, you cannot withdraw after you’ve deposited, and you can only “withdraw” it by buying their merch and items in their store. This is a borderline scam in my opinion. You can put money in, but you can’t take money out, you can only buy items. To me, that makes this a fake cryptocurrency. You’re probably only buying it from Theta and others who are trying to benefit off of other people’s stupidity, so in a way, they are controlling its value just like DLive. It’s disappointing that Samsung has partnered with them since giving them more legitimacy to trick more people. Three platforms that use their token are Theta.TV (previously Sliver.TV), G Fuel, and Esports on Samsung VR. Also, people who say it’s eventually going to allow withdrawals are likely running nodes and hope you put money in because it’s been over a year and they have made no claims that this is on the roadmap.
At first, it seems awesome. The more internet bandwidth they take from you while you consume content, the more you earn so you can get tons of crypto while you enjoy yourself. Until you read enough to realize that you can only spend it within the platform on specific items and depositing anything to the platform is non-refundable. So, what’s really happening is they are using everyone’s internet bandwidth for free and giving you back a tiny fraction of what you give them which you can only use according to their rules. To make it more confusing they all have different names on each platform and different values, but it’s always only spendable on the platform and non-refundable. If you hadn’t caught on yet, you’re not going to make money. You may be able to get a new PS4, which I haven’t seen anyone verify, but that’s not real monetization. If you invest time and earn something, you should have full control over its use and what you do with it. On any of the Theta platforms, you do not.
So, all in all, it’s just as sketchy as DLive in its own way. I guess it’s somewhat good that there is a competitor in the space, but it’s still awful. - https://www.thetatoken.org/
Hideout.Tv – Complete sham. They reward you with points you can redeem. They don’t allow ad blockers and even when I disabled them, they still wouldn’t let me watch a video. They denied me to join as a creator without a reason, so I really doubt it’s very open either. https://hideout.tv
Viewo – Looks like a scam website that had its presale last year and is still set to launch. Hasn’t had any activity on social media since presale in November. Now it’s not accessible. Stay away. - https://www.viewo.com/
SocialChains – So I had an entire interview with the CEO, and I was going to post after I found out the site had no users when they claimed 50-100 joined daily. There were no posts at all, it was a 12-hour wait to update your profile picture, there were no personal profiles or at least no way to get to them. Also, you had to give you a license and many verification pieces which seemed unnecessary. Given it seems like the real platform didn’t live up to the claims being made. I think their vision is interesting that they will solve all the problems on social media by removing anonymity, but I felt that MANY blockchain users go to these places for anonymity, though I think that concept is fading, especially for people trying to build a following. Try it if you like, but I mean even when I did the phone verification it didn’t work so it said I wasn’t allowed to use the platform and had to get even the CEO to help me with getting the staff to fix it. I gave up after trying to speed up the process to change my profile picture with support and they wanted another image of my ID, so I gave up. https://go.socialchains.io
View.ly – Previously this didn’t work at all and I couldn’t get any help, but it’s been improved upon and is working now. Out of all the platforms not recommended, I was the most disappointed with this given they had great potential so now that I can actually post I will give a tertiary recommendation because yes while the publishing is great, the UI is and the platform looks better than Bitchute and BitTube, it doesn’t have their community. The last 9 posts go from 5 minutes ago (mine) to 2 weeks ago, so the community isn’t very active. It’s likely because you must spend ETH or VIEW tokens every time you post, and you need to buy and hold 100 VIEW tokens to even vote on other posts. The issue here is that you can’t do anything at all without money being invested and the thing is very few platforms succeed with this given the skepticism of the space. You have to be able to earn your share free and then have the option to invest. This is likely why it’s not being used a lot, but I see how it could beat spammers etc., still I don’t see it getting adopted either way. Al the top posts are like a year old now and their social media is all but abandoned. After uploading a few videos and spending a bunch of ETH to do so, I stopped bothering. You’ll just waste your money. - https://view.ly
Howdoo – They have rebranded to Hyprr which I review separately. Regarding Howdoo, I’ve spoken with several users that were technically scammed when Howdoo switched their currency and abandoned the old one. Coming back to revisit it I found out it was actually the second time they did a token swap and abandoned a previous one with 2 pumps and dumps and then had a huge expensive giveaway that they canceled before it was to finish. They also have many other claims that are false. Their CMO recently said they don’t have time to monitor their telegram group and closed that too. Anyone who invested before token swaps lost 95% or more of their money with the value falling drastically. A lot of information was shared by a previous employee. - https://howdoo.io
DLive - I’ve already shared countless videos and blogs on why this is basically a scam and not to be trusted so I will simply reshare the information I’ve shared previously and link a few videos I’ve done. They have continued to make it harder for streamers and users to use the platform, access, manage, and control their funds, not to mention adding more restrictions for withdrawals and creators to earn.
DLive was acquired by TRON and is now fully running with BTT but has done nothing to integrate with the BTT video network they originally talked about. They also lost Pewdiepie who was by far the biggest reason for anyone to join. It’s been getting more centralized, not less. There is no hope for DLive. They also took away your ability to upload a video without live streaming unless you’re a partner on the platform. Recently they also heavily weighted their BTT staking towards their small set of partners, taking away a massive chunk of rewards from the users who are actually doing the majority of the staking and locking up their crypto.
TouchSocial.xyz – This has little to no users at all and looks a little boring (it’s all gray). Nothing super unique about it, just an amateur version of what already exists. Also, their token is literally worth $0 so them giving out $1000 TST as a sign-up earndrop is a joke. https://touchsocial.xyz
Honest.Cash – Very similar to Read.Cash, but a little more clumsy and awkward to use. Only uses markdown, so if you’re familiar with Steem, this should be easy. The publishing toolbar doesn’t work as it should. However, it doesn’t matter as it was recently shut down. - https://honest.cash/
Narrative – Narrative looks like it could have potential, but it’s mainly geared to reward early adopters. Like for example to start a new “tag” or niche as they call it, you have to bid on it, and it could be anywhere from $50-$500. I don’t think it’s realistic that people would pay that, but they have. I’ve only scratched the surface so maybe there is more to the story that is Narrative. You need a NEO wallet to earn NRVE. When digging in further to the platform I found that niche owners are upset because they actually have to renew their ownership and they have earned next to nothing as the owner but spent between $50-500 so for quite some time I expect this to only generate losses. Maybe users will have a good time here, but I don’t think it’s quite ready yet. I will try to use it more to test it. You also need to pay $15 via Paypal to certify. They recently closed down even though they raised over 5 million dollars, sold over 1,000 niches, and sold certifications while only ever dishing out about $1,500 in rewards to users - https://www.narrative.org
SOLA – I really liked this platform and did really well on it for a while, but it has shut down as of April 10th. - https://sola.ai/
Pepo – This was sort of like Tik Tok, Instagram, and Snapchat but using the OST blockchain and Pepo tokens. It was a failed project. I cannot find their coin anywhere to check volume or to even buy or sell it. I’m pretty sure you can only do so on their app, so my Pepo was effectively taken. They also stopped keeping up on their social accounts a few months ago. Plus using Gmail or Twitter, I cannot even log in and those are the only ways to login. This means I’m locked out of my account even though I have the correct login access so I cannot even check if the platform is still going. But based on all of this, I think it’s safe to say. Plus, it was mobile only. You can learn more about it on https://ost.com/ or download it on your phone from the app store.
Hyperspace – It has approval for posts, so it's like Trybe in that negative sense. You must connect and verify your phone number in order to receive free $AMPS every 24 hours which you can then use to upvote others and “amplify” their content. It’s designed like how SOLA was in its Instagram card like appearance but operates more like Medium or Trybe in terms of the way posting works. The design is clean, but the network is still very beta. You previously couldn't follow other users, but that was updated, profiles are very basic, and topics are very few, but the community is fairly engaged. This could easily be a top performer if it progressed and fixed its current issues. I was disappointed though that Canadians can’t verify their phone and get free Amps. After using it for another month or two, I’ve decided it’s not viable. I had posts not get approved for over 11 days. With all its faults, people urge me to give it another chance so I’ll be posting on it for a while, but I doubt my review will change. I was historically correct this wouldn’t last. It just recently shut down. https://hyperspace.app/
These are decent platforms but still need some updates and improvements to make it to the recommended section.
Memo.cash – It’s decently set up and feels somewhat similar to Twitter, but the UI is a little outdated and you have to spend BCH to do anything like make a post. Now typically I would put this under “Requires spending crypto interact” not recommended section, but this platform has been really useful for purchasing BCH tokens and the interactions I’ve had have been pretty great on this platform. I cannot actually recommend it until they find some way for people to make posts without having to spend BCH. If that were to happen, I would absolutely recommend this platform, but the issue is that you shouldn’t have to rely on donations from others to earn on a platform, they should find a way to reward users for participating like most other platforms. - https://memo.cash
Rebuzz – Rebuzz seems to a good blockchain and crypto monetized alternative to Twitter. It’s got a similar feel to Steem and was created by Adam Barlam who also made Bravocoin off of a Steem clone. It’s only usable on mobile currently, which is okay, but I prefer platforms that have multiple ways to be accessed. So, this may be a harsher rating than necessary due to my non-mobile bias. Rebuzz’s cryptocurrency called BUZZ is traded on 2 exchanges and is able to be withdrawn from the platform. While its volume is so low that there is a good chance you might not be able to actually trade anything you cash out, it is very new and if it continues to get more users and grow, then it’s cryptocurrency will be traded more and give the users more confidence that they could cash out with enough demand for BUZZ. I won’t recommend this yet, but I won’t say it’s not recommended. If they continue to improve it, I will give it a tertiary recommendation. Also, I need more time to test it. - https://rebuzz.io/
Mix Acuity – Mix offers a very interesting ability for creators and influencers to launch their own token on the network and will work to gamify it with leaderboards and incentives like a Patreon tiered paywall subscription but using minimum token hold amounts. The platform is still very new, bare bones, and just on desktop, but as it develops, I see a lot of opportunity here and I’m excited to see how it progresses by the time I do the next review. https://mix-acuity.com/
Springrole – An alternative to Linkedin set out to verify skills and experience formally and solve the problem of verifying resume items and experience. They still need to add more to the platform, but it has a lot of potential. - https://springrole.com/
BitTube – Previously on their old site I never had functionality issues, but they still could have improved their design, and it was really hard to get views and interact with the community there. Their top videos had less than 1,000 views. I previously didn’t realize how small the community was here. However, they recently moved to https://www.Bittubers.com and the community has grown a bit, but for the most part, their top videos still have only around 1,000 views excluding one video and videos by BitTube. They make it so challenging to verify your account which you can only do with an extension, so it also only works for desktop users.
It’s not there yet, but it could with a larger community and less plagiarized videos. With the right changes, I do see this having a lot of potential. They need to improve verification, make it more accessible (including a mobile application), and make it as easy as possible for YouTubers to transition to it or auto-upload there like BitChute offers. Their new design and platform have greatly improved and if they continue improving, it will definitely become one of the top blockchain video hosting applications. They have recently been moving over content to be hosted on a PeerTube instance at https://bittube.video/. – Feel free to check out my interview with Kai-Uwe Schnier from BitTube - https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/Discussing-Bittube-With-Kai-Uwe-Schnier-1:a
Cent.co – I don’t think it’s viable that the only way to earn is if someone is willing to donate money to you versus earning money from the platform, but it is definitely a unique concept with seeding. It is pretty basic though; you don’t even have a profile picture. I will test it some more though. I do like the platform and the idea, but it may be challenging to reach mass adoption. With some improvements and a more engaged community, this could do very well. I feel like it’s slowed down with their new changes though. - https://beta.cent.co/
Sapien – Made massive improvements to their design and UI, but still is a bit clunky making posts and the community is still small and unengaged. The top posts on the platform had only between 100-150 engagements so it’s still fairly small. Every time I go on the UI seems better and I’m always impressed with their consistent improvements especially with their loading times which are much better now. They have been growing and seem to have had no issues in the past few months. I hate the way their thumbnails work since they cut off any image I upload, and content generally doesn’t format or publish well. I shared my YouTube video, and it left the preview blank. Also, no one really uses this still so I’m not recommending it anymore. It still has the potential to improve though. - https://sapien.network/ - Feel free to check out my interview with Ankit Bhatia - https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/Sapien:0.
P.S. He said he’d send me a Sapien t-shirt and never did. I like free t-shirts. Where’s my shirt?
TokenTuber – Tokentuber isn’t decentralized or on the blockchain, but what it is, is a collection of as many crypto and blockchain related videos as possible from YouTube all in one place where the creator of the original video can come on and claim their crypto rewards in the form of TUBER tokens. You earn TUBER from upvotes and for giving out upvotes. I stopped posting on it since I can’t make money from it and I don’t get many views. https://www.tokentuber.com/ - Feel free to check out my interview with their CEO David Zhou - https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/Discussing-TokenTuber-With-David-Zhou:a
BitChute – Major improvements over time after using it more. They have had massive improvements for functionality and loading times which used to be a deal breaker for my use of the platform. BitChute is becoming a more and more viable video host solution. Given that you can have it automatically copy YouTube videos over entirely was the key to me using this platform and getting past the other previous issues. All my previous gripes have mostly been fixed and I’m confident that BitChute will continue to become more mainstream. Once I can embed BitChute videos on other platforms, I think BitChute will be well on its way to mass adoption. It’s nowhere near the functionality of YouTube, but it is one of the best up and comers. Unfortunately, you cannot earn crypto and it doesn’t necessarily use the blockchain, but it does use technology very similar to blockchain and I felt it was worth including. It does however have crypto donation options. If they can implement a native token or something like that, they could go so much farther. https://www.bitchute.com/
Vibravid – This is a newer platform that has no video restriction limits and though it could use some upload publisher improvements, it’s a pretty great platform. Right away after I started posting I was getting views and comments so there is definitely an active and engaged community there, the thing is it is fairly small. It’s a TRON dapp focused on music and video. It’s one of the only social dapps actually built and designed for TRON. You can also use Beatzcoin to set a bounty to encourage people to watch and reward them for doing so. Given it continues to grow at a steady pace, I can see Vibravid becoming a prominent video hosting dapp. They came out with an update for their publisher and it’s had several issues. I think it’s not a big deal given their small team, but if they can get more developers on board and more people involved, they have a real shot. Now that everything is working, and they have a great new UI I can say I’m impressed. The thing is, you still must jump through hoops to get out a post correctly and I don’t think new users will bother or understand how. I have to select an already posted “album,” delete the post then upload my post as a replacement. I can’t upload big interviews and I can’t upload compressed video, so it really limits your options. Also, I haven’t been able to earn anything and most of my views have come from me paying people to watch my content so most would be at a net negative. If they improve the upload process and allow more upload types, I think they could really go somewhere. The problem is that trending videos have only a few views even with paid incentives from creators. I only ended up spending money and I don’t see them doing much in terms of development. When I try to upload videos, I always get errors now. - https://vibravid.io/users/scottcbusiness - Check out my interview with the CEO Steven Zambron - https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/Interviewing-Steven-Zambrom-From-Beatzcoin-and-Vibravid:f.
Discussions.app – It’s come a long way from when it started, and it was mostly just discussion-based. However, it’s still not come far enough to be competing with other major projects in the space. While it has users, the UI is very awkward, and the feed is displayed in a very clunky way. There is potential here for sure to be a crypto-focused Reddit alternative, but it still needs more improvements. https://discussions.app/
If you have extra time to post somewhere, you might as well sign up on these platforms and explore them a bit.
Minds – This is my alternative to Twitter / Facebook. It’s like the better version of Gab with cryptocurrency and boosting. You have much less opportunity to earn a profit than most platforms if any, but Minds is very robust and has a lot of features and things to offer. Their blockchain integration currently is very preliminary and mainly for their boosting (advertising) model where you earn for almost everything you do, but it’s only real use is for spending on promoting yourself and your content. The CEO and staff are very receptive to the community and improving the platform. There are also many influencers who are on Minds and some like Tim Pool who are even advocating that people use Minds and get off Twitter. I’m unhappy with what they’ve done with their tokenomics over the years where now I am barely earning or using Minds tokens at all. I am really happy to see they launched analytics for their site, and they are definitely headed in the right direction in terms of competing with legacy platforms but not with other blockchain platforms.
They are also allowing you to earn based on the traffic you bring in via Minds Pro, but they do require you to agree to the terms and conditions and provide information that some may dislike & not want to share. The main issue is that I’ve never been able to make enough money from Minds Pro to even pay for the Mind Pro subscription itself and no one uses the Minds Pro profiles either so there isn’t much of a difference aside from the ability to earn for most users. So, you effectively pay to be able to earn and most including myself would have lost money in this process, but they allowed me to test it out for free. Minds does seem to be starting to struggle to be able to entice creators to continue using their platform actively because the only way to walk away with money currently is to spend a lot and you need to basically be famous to bring enough traffic in. My first payout for Minds Pro ended up being about $25 worth of ETH, so definitely not bad. For people paying $40 a month though, it still isn’t viable because that was also just a test and they are switching it back to minimum $100 payouts and there’s no history or way to get notified of payments either. Case and point, I made $0 in December. - https://www.minds.com/register?referrer=scottcbusiness
Uptrennd – They have their token listed on exchanges so you can now trade your points for 1-UP tokens and sell them with ease. Their topics and discussion are currently fairly focused on crypto and a few other closely related topics, so it’s pretty niche for now, but they have been starting to allow for more communities, so they have fulfilled my two main concerns. Originally there was a lot more spam, but without that there is very little interaction now on the platform. It has a fun gamified approach to earning crypto and it’s unique. I did have the pleasure of speaking with and interviewing the founder thrice and I do believe in his vision and what they’re trying to do. Though, it would be much more attractive to new users if their coin had some solid value behind it.
The reason they aren’t in my primary recommendations is that I recently came upon some information which several key people have verified, but I will keep my sources anonymous. Essentially what I found out was that 1UP has been paid out to the staff as you might expect, but before enabling withdrawals for everyone, the staff were given access to this feature so they could sell as much 1UP as possible before opening it to everyone else. The market cap was pumped with Ethereum to encourage buyers and then the staff dumped a huge amount of their coin bringing the value from what was promised and boasted at $0.05 each down to below $0.01. This all happened before people who bought 1UP at $0.05 had the chance to sell which massively devalued their investment. This is very unethical and a poor way to treat your users. I pointed out before that it was concerning that 1UP was sold to users at a certain price from Uptrennd, but the token wasn’t worth that elsewhere and then they stopped selling it. Though this may have been very sketchy, I haven’t seen any issues since, and it’s listed on a few exchanges now. There is very little volume being traded and I don’t have a ton of confidence in it. You’d think I’d just give up on the coin value at this point, but given the project moves forward in a positive way and isn’t manipulating the value, then it definitely has potential especially considering how the issue isn’t well known. My interaction with users has severely gone down and I’ve seen a bit of an enthusiasm loss. On top of that, their withdrawals now have minimum restrictions of at least 3000 points. Given I earn only about 1000 or so a month after boosting a small amount each post and I have little to no follower growth, it doesn’t seem to be much worth my time for like $10-20 only available to me every 3 months with an 8-10 day withdrawal period. Going forward, I will just focus my points on boosting for visibility.
Steem - This was my original alternative to Medium / Reddit / Facebook – Steemit was recently acquired by TRON and then had a hostile takeover colluding with a few exchanges to change the witnesses to TRON sock puppet accounts. The reason I am putting it in tertiary recommendations, for now, is because I don’t know how well Steem will do in the future under TRON management. We’ve already seen that their witnesses aren’t doing a great job, many Steemit staff have quit, and many dapps have left to the Hive chain. I will say that it is still technically my #1 profit earner which is significant, but I don’t want to fully recommend it not knowing what it will look like in 6 months or if it will still have any value at all as more transition to Hive. This all goes hand in hand with the issues around the acquisition of Steemit and Justin Sun colluding with exchanges to take over the Steem blockchain which I outline here: https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/Steem-Vs-Hive-1:9. This is one of the interfaces that still uses the original Steem chain - https://steemit.com/
Flote – Crypto version of Patreon focused on privacy and free speech. This company acquired BitBacker and has been building upon its original vision. They have created a very easy to use platform with encrypted messaging, easy BTC donations, live streaming without platform fees, and more. It’s similar to Minds, except it seemingly has more donation transactions and interaction even though it’s much smaller. I’ve already got $3 worth of BTC donations per month and the CEO was rolling out a creator ad revenue sharing program, but I haven’t seen any updates there in a while. It doesn’t actually post content to the blockchain nor is it necessarily decentralized, but its rules are extremely basic, and they are all about the user. I also did an interview with the CEO Kingsley Edwards which you can check out here: https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/Interviewing-Kingsley-Edwards-From-Flote:c
While you cannot earn directly from the platform yet, they are working on an ad model so that creators can monetize their content in the future, and they are considering making a token. For now, it’s a tertiary recommendation as I haven’t been able to earn anything there in months, but if they figure out monetization and or potentially get their token out, I can see it picking up a lot more. - https://flote.app/
SoMee.Social – You can earn a large amount of SoMee points and consequently ONG from posting and curation. The thing is that you must spend about $99 USD to verify in order to be able to withdraw your cryptocurrency and cash.
All in all, it works, and it’s making me a lot of money so while it’s not perfect, it’s absolutely worth indulging. The main thing is though, I don’t know how withdrawals and verification will work for everyone else as my experience was riddled with issues but they knew I would write this review so there was a lot of manual intervention and help from administrators. I still don’t see how it’s sustainable at this current rate, but I would have to presume that few to no people are actually withdrawing ONG for it to last. - http://somee.social
These are the top three platforms + a bonus that are all amazing in their own unique way and I wouldn’t draw a line as to which is better, they all have their own purpose and use case. The major determiners here were profitability, monetization, decentralization, and blockchain integration.
Hive – This is my alternative to Medium / Reddit / Facebook. Hive is the new hardforked version of Steem and is supported by many of the dapps that used to be on Steem like Busy, Partiko, and PeakD. The majority of the original top 20 witnesses created it to remove the stake and power from bad actors who wanted to centralize Steem and more or less have done so.
This counts as two recommendations as I’m recommending the network Hive, PeakD as my main interface, 3Speak for video, and LeoFinance as my community of choice.
It’s very new, but I treat this as the true original version of Steem and that’s what I recommend you do as well. You can still take advantage of both, but I believe this has the potential to get to the same level if not well beyond it. Currently, Steem has fallen off.
I have to note that I was excluded from their original launch airdrop by some algorithm they accidentally included. I get it, but with how few people they are correcting, they could have just as easily sent it from the community fund rather than waiting until the next hard fork. It turns out after the hard fork went through, they didn’t even give us what they’d promised, but after a short time, Blocktrades was willing to give us the power we were owed which they said would be in liquid Hive but wasn’t. Either way, I’m just happy they followed through, but this could have been avoided had they not been petty. Especially since in this case, the reason for all of this was to punish users for voting “wrong.” In which case, why have a vote at all? It’s clearly not a legitimate vote if afterward the opposition is penalized for voting against the winner.
That being said, I still use Hive and will continue to use it via ThreeSpeak and PeakD, they have my full support and I hope we have nothing like the hostile takeover again. - https://hive.blog/@scottcbusiness/posts
LeoFinance – This is a community within Hive and while there are many like it, I wanted to point out that it’s a great way to share more with the community on Hive and earn way more for doing so! - http://leofinance.io/
DTube – DTube now has its own mainnet and blockchain so you can post videos to Steem, Hive, and or DTube. You can earn their native coin DTC which by holding it accumulates VP. You use VP to vote on videos just like Steem or Hive, but there is no staking. They offer you the benefits of holding your tokens on DTube while keeping full liquidity. This is a fantastic alternative to YouTube and offers a similar experience to Hive while providing you another stream of income, a censorship-resistant backup, and a new community to post to. - https://d.tube/
Read.Cash – Similar to Publish0x with some caveats and using solely Bitcoin Cash. Originally you had to rely on donations, but now there is a Read.cash fund that pays out to creators and those who contribute quality interactions to the platform. With this, I was earning between $0.30-0.60 a day. Considering I only had 171 followers at the time, I think that’s really good. Now while there are only about more than double the users and I’m at over 1300 followers, I’m making more like $1-2 a day. On top of growing rapidly, they offer platform rewards that are bound to bring in tons of people. Marc De Mesel has donated over $250,000 USD worth of BCH to the platform which is given out at a rate of $500 per day to creators. You can sponsor people’s content and be sponsored as well as boost your content too. They are developing new features and growing the community very quickly and they communicate with the community very frequently. - https://read.cash/
This also counts as two recommendations because you can also use Noise.cash as the place to share short status posts rather than on Read.Cash. You can still post status posts on both though. This is a beta that was recently put out by their team to test this out and it’s worth checking out as well but only has a few features so far. - https://noise.cash/
LBRY – I think this is a great project and while originally there was some resistance with needing to download the application you can now get on their platform using beta.lbry.tv. As a creator, you a highly limited with your upload file size on the website though and will likely still need the application. I installed it a while ago and had some issues but figured it out by referring to this for troubleshooting: https://lbry.com/faq/startup-troubleshooting.
I really appreciate how you can import your YouTube videos though it does take a bit of time and puts you in a queue. Follow the instructions at https://lbry.com/faq/youtube to sync your YouTube channel.
They do have to approve you to earn LBC rewards, but anyone can use the platform and post content freely. When everything was approved, it automatically uploaded my content like BitChute does except it imported my entire YouTube catalog which is really nice and gets my stuff out to that audience with ease. Not only that but depending on your YouTube subscribers, they will pay LBC monthly just for having uploaded your YouTube videos. You can then let it automatically upload your YouTube videos or upload them manually. This has a lot of potential, and now with the web browser platform and mobile application, I think it may be the number one video hosting dapp today.
Brave Browser (Rewards & Creator Program) – I includethis as more of a tool to use, originally writing “earn crypto for allowing ads to display on your more secure and faster browser” - https://brave.com/sco556 but they have evolved well beyond that with their creator program that allows for creators to sign up to earn money via tips, grants, or through ads that might have otherwise been blocked. You can check out https://batgrowth.com/ to see the number of channels and websites working with them. As of writing this, it’s over 250,000 which is amazing! Earning BAT in many different forms seems to be just the tip of the iceberg and I think even though it’s not necessarily a social platform, it will become a part of our social experience sooner than later. I’ve been earning a good amount from BAT rewards and creator rewards and I’m really happy with the experience. I made a video on Brave awhile back you can check out - https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/brave-the-only-internet-browser-you-ll:8. I also interviewed Luke Mulks from Brave you can watch here: https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/interviewing-luke-mulks-from-brave-ep:3.
Publish0x – Publish0x is an amazing platform that is growing fast. Withdrawing funds is easy and you never have to worry about their tokenomics since they don’t have their own crypto tokens but instead add new ones monthly which you will earn and can easily trade and sell them on exchanges. Considering I’ve already earned hundreds of dollars, I’m intrigued and impressed. Using Publish0x has become a part of my daily routine now. I have had many chats with the CEO, and they have some amazing things in development.
The only two gripes I have are that notifications don’t show comments yet though I’m sure this will be remedied soon, and they have no mobile application yet. They are crypto agnostic which is awesome. That means they don’t have their own coin and instead are open to working with any cryptocurrency project which ensures they won’t become biased. Not only that, but it gives them a huge integrity boost to know that they won’t be able to exit scam or that the platform won’t see a decline if the value went down like we are seeing on Steem. Even more impressively, the CEO told me that he’s made no money from this platform. They only process withdrawals once a month now due to the large rise in gas fees that has since gone down quite a bit. That’s probably the biggest gripe people have with the platform but it’s worth noting that this is also because they use offline storage, and it is done for security reasons too. Perhaps if they get sponsors that aren’t using ERC20 tokens, this may change in the future or with ETH 2.0. They are so the first platform to let you earn many different cryptocurrencies for your content all in one place and they continue to add more. They did make primary recommendations, but when we’re talking about centralization, Publish0x is one of the more centralized of the primary platform recommendations, but I’ve never had issues around that and feel it’s definitely worth using. I would say it’s the most consistent platform for earning crypto on though it is heavily focused on crypto for now. As it expands, I’m sure the niches and focus will expand as well. - https://www.publish0x.com/?a=gl9avjgaG1 – Check out my review of Publish0x: https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4/a-review-of-publish0x-a-blockchain:b.
The biggest changes were Steemit being acquired by TRON and they now control the majority stake in Steem which essentially destroyed the platform. They’ve lost so much support and so many projects that I’m not sure how well it will do, so it’s moved to tertiary recommendations. Read.cash was put in primary recommendations because I really like the platform and with its major growth and financial backing from Marc de Mesel, I think it can really go the distance. Flote is back in tertiary recommendations because even though it’s not utilizing blockchain, it’s crypto monetized and fills the role of a crypto Patreon. Flote also has a great UI but fails to offer direct post rewards or a solid monetization model yet. As mentioned though, Flote will be releasing a new monetization ad program for creators and their own token so that could bump it up to my primary recommendations in the future. Minds fell to tertiary recommendations because they haven’t been innovating a lot but have been trying to improve Pro to help creators earn more. I was able to earn about $100 from Minds Pro over this year, so that’s not too bad but lately I have earned nothing using it. LBRY has been added to primary recommendations because they have a great decentralized model, easy YouTube sync, and so many ways to earn crypto. Plus, they also really appreciate and reward their creators. This is the kind of treatment YouTube should have had for smaller creators and LBRY is setting a great example. SoMee made it into my tertiary recommendations because I was able to earn a lot on there, but there are still a lot of bugs and upgrades that need to be made for it to really take off. Several platforms have been moved to lower categories for lacking to make needed improvements or the platform losing active users and becoming more spam filled like Uptrennd. DTube launched their mainnet it has been great, so they made it to become a primary recommendation. Hive has popped up this year as a solution to Steem and has been great especially with their communities allowing you to earn more tokens on top of what you get normally.
There is no perfect platform and they each offer their own unique benefits. Follow along with my monthly reports to see how much I’m earning on each platform and gain some insight into how I’ve performed on each in terms of engagements, followers, impressions, views, and comments.
The platforms I use on a day-to-day basis are: LBRY, DTube, PeakD & 3Speak (Hive) with the LeoFinance community, Bitchute, BitTube, Gab, Flote, Read.Cash, Minds, Torum, SoMee, Chirp, MeWe, Belacam, Noise.cash, Mastodon, Memo.Cash, Sapien, Voice, Blurt, Whaleshares, Coil, Rumble, Brighteon, UGetTube, TokenTuber, BitLink, Cos.TV and Uptrennd. However, I am still testing these and only recommend those that I have shared above in my primary recommendations.
If you feel I made a mistake, poorly reviewed something, or missed a key platform to review, please comment below and I will take your feedback in and edit this to include it or edit my post accordingly. I really hope this benefits you as much as I hope it does. This took me a very long time. Please share this with others if you believe they will find use in it too! For some, I explained my reasoning more than others. If you’re interested, you can inquire about anything, and I’ll get more in-depth on it even making a video if needed. Let me know what you think about all this in the comments below.
Below are the links for the previous review which was the 4th in the series so you can get an idea of the changes since.