Crypto & Things with Scott Cunningham

I recently sat down to discuss what Uptrennd has covered in the last year and what they plan to do in 2020 with Jeff Kirdeikis for a follow-up interview. We discussed decentralized systems and how they relate to data storage, freedom of speech and data immutability.

We cover different ways to boost your posts with other creators, 1UP staking, communities expanding outside of the crypto categories and how Uptrennd is growing rapidly heading into 2020. It seems that Uptrennd is poised to be one of the top performers in the decentralized social space for my next comprehensive review.

He shared some great insight and shed some light on the fair balance between performance/quality and decentralization/distribution. The idea is that your experience is good, and the platform isn’t censoring and controlling what you see and do in a very centralized way.

What changes are you most excited about? What do you want to see first? What communities would you like to see created first? Let me know all your thoughts on Uptrennd in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

Me and Jason Nelson sat down for a little over an hour to talk about various topics in the crypto and blockchain space. We cover LBRY, EOS, The DLive acquisition and much more.

Come along with us on this journey as we explore these various topics. This is the first installment in my series for “Creator Corner” where I sit down with other people in the space who are putting out content to discuss the various topics I cover daily with people from my side of the looking glass who deal with and see the same issues on YouTube and other platforms.

Jason Nelson runs Crypto Insights Journal on YouTube and I highly recommend checking out his channel and subscribing to him over there for some awesome insights to cryptocurrency and blockchain. He also does interviews and chats similar to what I do on my channel.

Check out the video and let me know what your thoughts are on the various topics we cover in the comments below.

I recently had the chance to discuss Flote with Kingsley Edwards who is the CEO there to discuss the platform and what they have going on. Check it out!

Flote is a community-driven social network focused on user privacy & monetization. It has no algorithms, no spying, no fees, and no problems. The rules are easy and simple, you can livestream, and be sent tips in the form of Bitcoin with ease.

These are some of the questions we went over:
• Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? – 0:15
• What does your average day look like? – 2:00
• Can you give us a brief introduction to Flote? – 5:10
• Do you want to talk a bit about your livestreaming feature? – 13:25
• Most platforms have complex policies and rules, but Flote was very simple and easy, want to share how Flote does it differently? – 16:48
• What are the next big updates for Flote to release soon or that are in the works? – 20:45
• After acquiring Bitbacker what are your plans moving forward around that acquisition? – 23:07
• Where does Flote fit in with other existing platforms or how it’s uniquely different? – 25:14
• Where do you see Flote going in the next year? The next 5 years? - 27:31
• Will you or any of your team be attending any upcoming crypto or blockchain related events? – 36:19
• Can you share with everyone where they can go to learn more about this? – 37:48
• What are the social handles people can follow? – 38:28
• Is there anything else you’d like to share with the audience? – 39:05

Check out https://flote.app/ for more information and to learn more about what they have to offer.

Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

I recently had the chance to discuss DapsCoin with Andrew Huntley who is their chief technical officer and learn a little more about what they’re up to and what makes DapsCoin unique.

DAPS aims to become the new standard of privacy in altcoins. To enact this vision, the specs of DAPS were carefully crafted to create a unique coin protocol for the crypto world, with the ultimate goal of mass adoption. They have the most private privacy coin that I’ve seen yet presenting new solutions and addressing unaddressed issues in the many privacy coins existing today.

These are some of the questions we went over:
• Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? – 0:17
• How busy are you now / How does your day look? – 1:18
• Can you give us a brief introduction to Daps and Daps Coin? – 2:48
• Monero was recently hacked, what are your thoughts? – 4:47
• Daps Coin is similar to Monero, but Daps has built upon the technology greatly. Do you want to walk us through that? – 5:49
• Can you explain how the stealth addresses work on Daps? – 9:54
• By default some coins don’t have privacy enabled, but Daps does, can you explain that? – 11:30
• What are the next big updates for Daps to release soon or that are in the works? – 15:11
• Where does Daps Coin fit in with other existing privacy coins? – 17:28
• Where do you see Daps going in the next year? The next 5 years? – 20:00
• What is the current userbase size and how well is the project growing? – 34:50
• Will you or any of your team be attending any upcoming crypto or blockchain related events? – 35:42
• Can you share with everyone where they can go to learn more about this? – 39:23
• Is there anything else you would like to share? – 40:20

Check out https://officialdapscoin.com/ for more information and to learn more about what they have to offer.

You may notice I’m wearing one of their awesome Dapscoin t-shirts in the interview as well!

What do you think about Daps? Is it the only truly private coin out there? Is there anything better? You tell me! Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

There are so many blockchain social platforms out there that are awesome and so many more that scams, shams, and full of spam. Let’s dive into what you should avoid.

Recently I’d posted on Twitter in response to Whaleshares claiming to be a great blockchain platform saying it was a scam and they wanted proof. While I’m at it I figured I’d cover some other less than honest platforms and or ones you’re better off avoiding entirely. I will also briefly mention some of the platforms that closed down last year.

Also, a quick shoutout to YouTube creators who are struggling with the new changes around commercial viability – check out LBRY, Steem, DTube, Bitchute, Gab, Flote, Cent, Cos.TV, UGetTube, OpenTube, TokenTuber, Minds, Uptrennd, and Sapien.

On top of covering Whaleshares which is the main focus, I will quickly go over Weku’s failure, Bearshares outright resetting everyone’s holdings, and why DLive is a scam and you should avoid it. Here’s one of my main explanations about DLive: https://youtu.be/--ritc7liOw. This is everything I could find. Mind you, this happened over a year ago. Also note that Narrative was essentially a scam and is done: https://youtu.be/-XwkcdugEGQ and recently Hyperspace also closed down.

The rest can be found in blog form:
Steemit: https://steemit.com/dtube/@scottcbusiness/76h4vrz2or5
Publish0x: https://www.publish0x.com/at-scottcbusiness/blockchain-social-platforms-you-should-really-avoid-xvdqkd

Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

So now, Twitter allows you to hide replies on your posts. This is like a form of blocking but is the lite version. The real concern is that politicians may be allowed to use this feature while they currently cannot block users.

This has created a loophole for politicians to be able to curate the discussions and while you can still view hidden replies, they are out of sight, out of mind. They are almost unnoticeable and only seen if you click a small button to open up hidden replies. The thing is, in my opinion, people who follow and support someone very tribally are likely to assume that any hidden replies were hidden for good reason and won’t bother to investigate and just take their word on it.

You just click on a reply and you’ll “Hide reply” in the dropdown menu.
When the author of a post has hidden any replies, they will appear in the “Hidden Replies” section represented by an icon that looks like a document with a circles subtraction symbol in the top right of it that appears in the bottom right of a tweet block.

A lot of people get their news and political updates from Twitter today and this isn’t something to be taken lightly. Let me know what you think about this. Is this encouraging less open discussion and more artificially curated and tailored information distribution?

I had the chance to discuss Springrole with Kartik Mandaville who is the founder and CEO. We get into what Springrole is all about and how it plans to take on the HR side of blockchain.

Blockchain powered attestation protocol for verifying professional profiles. Create your profile now on our live beta and join us in building a trusted network. It has verified resumes, meaningful skill endorsements, better messaging, leaves notes and reminders, showcase freelance projects, and enhanced profiles.

These are some of the questions we went over:
• Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? – 0:17
• How busy are you now / How does your day look? – 2:55
• Can you give us a brief introduction to Springrole? – 5:05
• What are the next big updates for Springrole to release soon or that are in the works? – 6:46
• Where does Springrole fit in with similar platforms or how does it stand out? – 9:43
• Where do you see Springrole going in the next year? The next 5 years? – 11:50
• Will you or any of your team be attending any upcoming crypto or blockchain related events? – 14:30
• Can you share with everyone where they can go to learn more about this? – 16:14
• What are you’re the social handles and where can everyone follow this? – 16:51
• Is there anything else you’d like to share? – 17:08

Check out https://springrole.com/ for more information and to learn more about what they have to offer.

Whether or not you like these cryptocurrencies, all their social media applications and projects outside of gambling are abandoned, unusable, or have such a small community that they are negligible when we look at TRON and EOS.

If we look at Dapp Review for the social category of TRON: https://dapp.review/explore/tron?category=6 we can clearly see more than half aren’t working, some aren’t English, and the rest are just messengers. Not a single social platform exists. You can also look at https://www.dapp.com/ or https://www.stateofthedapps.com/ and you’ll see that the majority of EOS dapps and TRON dapps are just for gambling. You can also check out https://app.co/ and https://dappradar.com/.

If you consider the games on EOS or TRON to be different from gambling, I respect that, but realistically it operates very similarly the difference just being that they pretty it up and make it more fun for you. I consider most of them to be different forms of gambling and I’ve tested many different games. Most people just lose money.

It’s more or less the same for EOS except any that were working to some small degree aren’t fully usable because for months now, EOS has had such high transactions on the network, that you need a ridiculous amount of stake to perform basic transactions. With more than $20 USD staked into my EOS wallet, I cannot even perform one single transaction due to the CPU usage being over 98%.

It really goes to show that the only viable networks currently for social applications are Ethereum and Steem. Regardless of how many transactions TRON can run which is 2,000 compared to Ethereum’s 25 and Steem’s 10,000, there are no dapps out there to take advantage of it anyways.

If you look at my previous multiple looks at EOS dapps in the network, you can see how lacking they are. Today we are going to revisit this and do a quick run through the non-existent social applications of TRON. Mind you, DLive is migrating to TRON, but DLive has been overly centralized and had many issues around it and though it will be their first actual social dapp, it is an egregious example of what a blockchain platform should be.

My first EOS dapp review: https://youtu.be/4Wyo7sDl-fY
My follow up EOS dapp review: https://youtu.be/oOxUuTHhIUo
My final re-review of EOS dapps: https://youtu.be/-Cyk_GnTc_U
Multiple videos explaining the problem with DLive: https://youtu.be/--ritc7liOw & https://youtu.be/Zq9E6WEK-VE

People have also been concerned about EOS being too centralized. The majority of EOS is held by entities in China prompting fears of state intervention

Considering it had a 4.1 billion-dollar ICO, it is pretty ridiculous how poorly the DApp market has evolved and many developers haven’t been able to make money contributing to the network demotivating and disincentivizing them to continue doing so.

Block.one is the company that launched the code is the largest token holder and could easily redefine the governance of the chain at any time which again is centralized, and they don’t bother to.

EOS founder was forced to pay 24 million dollars to the SEC and you can find one article on this here: https://coincodex.com/article/5339/eos-developer-blockone-agrees-to-pay-24-million-fine-following-sec-settlement-a-slap-on-the-wrist/. I suggest checking out this article for more information on this: https://www.coindesk.com/everyones-worst-fears-about-eos-are-proving-true

Let me know what you think. Am I way on with this? Feel free to point me towards some good working social platforms on TRON or EOS that are available right now and work regardless of the EOS transactions overload and CPU overuse.

Now while I believe that if you want to make a change in your life, you should simply start today and never stop, but I wanted to do something different this year with my resolutions and try monthly challenges. With that, here are my New Year’s resolutions!

I was inspired after watching Matt D’Avella’s video on the 12 habits that changed his life in 2019 where he did one new habit for 30 days each month of the year. I wanted to set some strict new habits for this year as well as try new ones each month of the year and then try to incorporate those into my daily life if I felt it worked for me.

My big and most important goal for this year is to hit 500 videos. This will be challenging because right now I’m at 224 now meaning that I have to make 276 videos this year which is possible but it won’t be easy given the amount of work I put into my videos and the additional notes and writing I include.

For the year moving forward, the habits I’ve set up or set to cut out are:
- Not Ubering anywhere within 30 minutes walking distance unless it’s rainy or below -10 celsius
- No more caffeine at all. Switching from coffee to herbal green tea
- Quit biting my nails
- Only drinking on the weekends
- Drinking more water
- Flossing more
- Watching Netflix less
- Goals, values, and positive affirmations

Outside of those above, I’ve also laid out challenges for the whole year month by month as listed:
- January – Taking cold showers
- February – Read 30 minutes a day
- March – No Alcohol
- April - Wake up at the same time every day
- May - No gaming
- June – Do yoga every day and decrease time sitting
- July - Jog every day
- August - Meditate 30 minutes a day
- September - Write for 30 minutes every day
- October - No sugar and no eating out
- November - Schedule every minute
- December - Intermittent fasting

Let me know what challenges and goals you have for 2020 as I’d love to get some inspiration for other cool things I could try. Also, I would love it if you could make a video of all the things you want to do as well because I think it really helps to put it out there and holding yourself more accountable to the world.

Justin Sun the owner and creator of the Tron blockchain announced a couple of days ago that BitTorrent is merging with DLive and have recently acquired it. But should they have? This is Dlive’s third migration and it’s had so many issues in the past. Is it really about DLive though or is it about PewDiePie?

Justin’s tweet: https://twitter.com/justinsuntron/status/1211683179326824450
DLive’s tweet: https://twitter.com/OfficialDLive/status/1211682578345803776
Justin’s address on YouTube: https://youtu.be/7ywtzIi8SQ8

This was the only other article I found on this: https://cryptobriefing.com/tron-acquires-dlive-blockchain-streaming-platform/ which says it’s unclear how Lino points will be affected and that further details are to be released in 2 weeks on January 15th. DLive will merge with BLive effectively taking over the monopoly on live streaming on the blockchain, but hopefully it will be legitimate. This is the current site for BLive: https://www.bittorrent.com/live/

This is a big deal as I’ve spent a lot of time and effort explaining the many many faults of DLive which to briefly lay out are:
- Extremely centralized (they controlled their token price, it wasn’t on exchanges, you could buy without restriction, but needed full KYC to withdraw and be 16 or older as well as a minimum withdrawal of over 4,250)
- Censorship prone (they banned many people including Alex Jones)
- Didn’t register anything to the blockchain but claimed to be a blockchain platform
- Previously had stake requirements for verification that users probably never earned back and then couldn’t withdraw due to minimum requirements
- Left the Steem blockchain and now are leaving the Lino “blockchain” abandoning both communities each time
- You must stream at least 3 days and 8 hours on DLive to be eligible to get paid/withdraw your own purchased funds.

Having three blockchain network migrations is more than too many. It’s really all about buying up PewDiePie’s influence for blockchain streaming.

The main question in my mind is “Will Tron decentralize DLive or continue the practices they have been employing and are they even aware of how bad it’s been or is this just about PewDiePie?”

Their mission is supposed to be decentralizing the internet according to their video here: https://youtu.be/gU6Jfz2jOHA but is that for show or for real?

Let me know what you think about this in the comments below. Is DLive for real? Will TRON save DLive?

YouTube recently made an update to their harassment policy that has some pretty crazy changes. Let’s dive into them and go over them together.

Here you can find the blog post they made: https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/12/an-update-to-our-harassment-policy.html

The reason I wanted to cover this is that there are so many changes being made to YouTube that we need to keep up with as creators and as users too and it’s important we go over and review them carefully to understand what they implicate and how we can work with them.

Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

I recently had the chance to discuss TokenTuber with David Zhou who is the founder and CEO and dive into the platform as well as looking at where they will be taking it in 2020.

TokenTuber aims to lower the barriers to entry to the crypto world so that the mass adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrencies can be achieved. TokenTuber will guide you on your journey in the crypto world, helping you learn and educate yourself on blockchain and cryptocurrency.

These are some of the questions we went over:
• Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? – 0:14
• How busy are you now / How does your day look? – 1:58
• Can you give us a brief introduction to TokenTuber? – 3:04
• How does one withdraw their Tuber currency or what can you do with it? – 5:00
• Are you also creating other transactional functionalities to the platform? – 7:27
• How exactly does the monetization work? – 8:25
• Will you introduce boosting or staking to the platform? – 9:19
• What gave you the idea and when did you start it and or begin to discuss the idea? – 12:00
• What are the next big updates for TokenTuber to release soon or that are in the works? – 14:28
• Where do you see TokenTuber going in the next year? The next 5 years? – 16:20
• What is the current userbase size and how well is the project growing? – 19:43
• How would you say TokenTuber fits in with other platforms and how does it differ? – 25:35
• Will you or any of your team be attending any upcoming crypto or blockchain related events? – 28:54
• How long has TokenTuber been around? – 31:06
• Can you share with everyone where they can go to learn more about this? – 32:12
• Is there anything else you’d like to share with the audience? – 35:37

Check out https://www.tokentuber.com/ for more information and to learn more about what they have to offer.

Also, I was pretty tired during this interview so do not take my sleepy demeanor for boredom, it was about midnight when we filmed this, and I have two photography lights blasting light at my eyes.

Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!
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I don’t know why I’m surprised, but I was under the impression that DailyMotion was a decent alternative and yet after uploading a casual albeit boring discussion about Unstoppable domains, they ban me with no warning.

What the hell is going on? Do they really dislike crypto domain alternatives or the idea of uncensorable websites?

Vimeo banned me a year ago. It's funny to me that these sites are worse than YouTube and YouTube is basically known as the censorship platform while so many unknowingly think DailyMotion cares about free speech.

The censorship epidemic only gets worse and worse.

Please share your thoughts below and let me know what you think about DailyMotion and don’t forget to subscribe!

I recently had the chance to discuss Unstoppable domains with Bradley Kam who is the head of business development there. Check it out!

Unstoppable domains has set out to help you replace your cryptocurrency addresses with a human-readable name like mine at scottcunningham.zil where you can set yourself up to receive 40 different cryptocurrencies as well as be able to launch uncensorable websites. It’s compatible with wallets like Coinomi, Atomic wallet, and a few others.

These are some of the questions we went over:
• Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? – 0:15
• How busy are you now / How does your day look? – 1:36
• Are there any browsers or wallets you can mention that you’re in talks with? – 1:55
• How many crypto wallets currently support the use of .zil addresses? - 2:12
• Can you give us a brief introduction to Unstoppable domains? – 2:44
• So how does Unstoppable make use of the Ziliqa blockchain? – 6:32
• What sparked the idea and or when did discussion begin around the idea for Unstoppable? – 7:21
• What are the next big updates for Unstoppable domains to release soon or that are in the works? – 8:49
• Where does Unstoppable domains fit in with other existing name space/domain host solutions? – 10:55
• Where do you see Unstoppable domains going in the next year? The next 5 years? – 16:00
• What is the current userbase size and how well is the project growing? – 18:18
• Will you or any of your team be attending any upcoming crypto or blockchain related events? – 18:47
• Can you share with everyone where they can go to learn more about this? – 19:33
• Is there anything else you’d like to share with the audience? – 19:57

Check out https://unstoppabledomains.com/ for more information and to learn more about what they have to offer.

Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

Let’s take a look at Flote which is a community-driven social network focused on user privacy & monetization. It has no algorithms, no spying, no fees, and no problems.

This is an awesome crypto-enabled alternative to the likes of Patreon offering the ability to set up paywalls for exclusive content and receive tips in Bitcoin with no fees. You can share audio, images, video, and do live streams.

The staff let me know that they launched Flote on July 21st and have been growing over 100% month over month with over 6,500 members today. That’s pretty decent growth and I wish them the best going into 2020!

They pride themselves on their anti-censorship approach with only a small set of rules listed here: https://flote.app/en/rules
Essentially you must meet the base requirement of being 13, not impersonating anyone, tagging #NSFW as necessary, and not spam, squat usernames, dox, or share or link to any malware. Aside from that, as long as your content adheres to U.S. laws and regulations, your freedom of speech will be protected. It’s important we acknowledge platforms like this that are trying to improve our ecosystem of social platforms and our actions online while giving the user more power, privacy, and versatility with crypto transactions.

You can also find frequently asked questions here: https://flote.app/en/faq
Also, be sure to click enable monetary support in your settings so that you are able to receive contributions from donation subscription tiers that you set up so that you can receive Bitcoin from your generous supporters.

There’s not a ton to it, but it’s simple, easy to use, and allows basically everything protected by US law. It makes a great addition to the lineup of blockchain and crypto-monetized applications I use. And while it doesn’t reward with you crypto from the platform itself, it enables you to receive it from supportive subscribers again like how Patreon operates.

Let me know if you use a different platform as your crypto alternative to Patreon and if you plan to use or already use Flote as well as what you think about it. Share your thoughts in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe!

Hey everyone, today I’d like to go through the growth over the past year for both crypto-monetized and blockchain social platforms. Let’s compare them to get an overview of how they all performed and grew.

So, we are going to dive in briefly to each platform to take a look at their statistics/user growth charts and or any information I can query from their staff.

https://www.uptrennd.com/stats - By far the most impressive for a new platform. The last two months they saw more than 13,000 users joining and have gone from just over 8,000 users in August to hitting 50,000 this month.

https://batgrowth.com/ - By far the most adoption and growth overall (not a social platform necessarily, but relevant to this conversation). They have over 346,353 users. From October 28th to December 6th they gained over 20,000 YouTubers alone. Congratulations to Brave & BAT.

https://www.publish0x.com/stats - Treading along steadily growing averaging between 2,500 and 3,500 new users per month. I’m actually surprised it’s not more!

https://steemworld.org/ - According to Steemworld there are currently 1,345,487 accounts. https://steemit.com/steemit/@penguinpablo/daily-steem-stats-report-friday-december-6-2019 - This says they are getting about 300 new users a day on average and 9,000-10,000 a month

https://lbry.tv/ - As per my request on Twitter they made a temporary link which may or may not work for you at the time of posting: https://traction.lbry.com/public/question/eeed5322-ef18-42f0-9c2b-9d0d1e8401a3. They were able to share with me the distinct network user accesses per month for 2018 and 2019. The blog version of this will share the images detailing this and I cover it in the video.

https://www.minds.com/ - Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any statistics and given they are a quasi-public company they cannot share this information ahead of their formal announcements, but the Co-Founder John Ottman said to me when asked about this “we are adding tens of thousands of news users monthly.”

https://bittubestats.com/dashboard/user/bittubers/adoption - BitTube’s new site has only been up since July and since then they’ve gained about 20,755 users averaging to about 4,151 per month which isn’t bad considering how new it is and how small the community is.

https://beta.cent.co/+hhaev5 – According to their Thanksgiving update they started the year with 5,000 users and are now at 40,000. This means on average they’ve gained 2,916 users per month.

For Trybe and Sapien I couldn’t get any information on the users or any statistics. Apparently Sapien used to list it on their homepage but have since removed it.
One of the Trybe staff members was able to share with me that over the past 90 days they’ve had 1,000 new users join averaging a little over 300 a month.

https://flote.app/ - Doesn’t have any statistics listed and it’s very new so I just wanted to include this because I think it’s a great platform to consider using. The staff let me know that they launched Flote on July 21st and have been growing over 100% month over month with over 6,500 members today.

Let me know what you think about the growth of these various platforms. Which is your favorite? Which do you see growing the most in 2020? Which do you see following Hyperspace, SOLA, and now Narrative by falling off next? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

I recently had the chance to talk with Alex Kampa who is the founder of Sikoba. We discussed the blockchain company as well as the concepts of peer to peer IOUs and informal credit.

Sikoba is a decentralized platform based on peer-to-peer IOUs and built on blockchain technology.
Participants who know and trust each other in real life grant each other credit lines in the Sikoba system. They can then pay each other using IOUs which can be cleared; tallied and offset on a rapid and ongoing basis.
These peer-to-peer credit relationships are governed by contracts with specific conditions, fee structures, and repayment rules.

These are some of the questions we went over:
• Can you introduce yourself a little bit? – 0:13
• How busy are you now / How does your day look? – 0:38
• Can you give us a brief introduction to Sikoba? – 1:23
• What gave you the idea and when did you start it and or begin to discuss the idea? – 6:50
• What are some of the use cases for Sikoba? – 9:05
• How can people feel confident in relying on peer-to-peer IOUs in a decentralized platform? – 11:52
• What are the next big updates for Sikoba to release soon or that are in the works? – 14:10
• Where does Sikoba fit in with other similar projects, how does it differ, or is it completely unique in the space? – 15:05
• Where do you see Sikoba going in the next year? The next 5 years? – 17:22
• Will you or any of your team be attending any upcoming crypto or blockchain related events? – 20:00
• Can you share with everyone where they can go to learn more about this? – 21:20
• Brief demo & walkthrough of Sikoba – 22:00

Check out https://www.sikoba.network/ for more information and to learn more about what they have to offer.

I apologize for the demo at the end, it’s a little hard to see, but he explains it well as he goes through the process.

Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe

I recently had the chance to discuss Edge with Paul Puey who is the CEO and co-founder.
The Edge team's mission is to provide the world’s most innovative tools and systems for secure and private data. It’s a place where you can buy, store, and trade dozens of cryptocurrencies in one app.

These are some of the questions we went over:
• Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? – 0:15
• How busy are you now / How does your day look? – 1:00
• Can you give us a brief introduction to Edge? – 2:15
• What gave you the idea and when did you start it and or begin to discuss the idea? – 4:45
• What are the next big updates for Edge to release soon or that are in the works? – 8:30
• Where does Edge fit in with other existing exchanges? - 10:40
• Where do you see Edge going in the next year? The next 5 years? - 13:28
• What is the current userbase size and how well is the project growing? – 18:00
• Will you or any of your team be attending any upcoming crypto or blockchain related events? – 19:17
• Can you share with everyone where they can go to learn more about this? – 21:35
• Is there anything else you’d like to share – 22:43

Check out https://edge.app/ for more information and to learn more about what they have to offer.

We all know the YouTube purge is well on its way with the changes made on December 10th, 2019 to their policy and community standards. This is how I’m getting prepared and how you might want to as well.

I’ve recognized that most mainstream platforms are needed for basic embeds on blogging platforms that don’t support “iframe” video embeds. Dailymotion is the only real backup I have for this and it has so many restrictions itself.

I’m going to list off all the platforms I’m posting on now which I will continue posting on in the future especially if I end up getting terminated from YouTube.

https://www.bitchute.com/channel/scottcbusiness/
https://videos.utahgunexchange.com/@scottcbusiness
https://www.tokentuber.com/members/12163/videos/
https://open.tube/accounts/scottcbusiness/video-channels
https://cos.tv/home/dist/personal.html#/creation?uid=14867111979165696
https://www.dailymotion.com/scottcbusiness
https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4
https://www.uptrennd.com/user/scottcbusiness
https://www.minds.com/scottcbusiness/
https://d.tube/#!/c/scottcbusiness

The content you will see on YouTube in 2020 will be radically different from what you saw this year. It’s undergoing a paradigm shift with the consequences of COPPA, the FTC, and their new TOS on commercial unviability.
The video I did on this previously can be found here: https://youtu.be/ctrXrC4ogd4

Let me know your thoughts on these platforms as well as if you know of any other good places to host your videos in the comments below.

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Wow. Narrative is shutting down. It was just last week that I finally decided to certify on the platform for better rewards which I did so reluctantly given they require you to pay via Paypal. Let me tell you why I think it was a scam.

In my comprehensive review I had said:
“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 into 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.”

You can find my Minds version of the comprehensive review here: https://www.minds.com/scottcbusiness/blog/comprehensive-blockchain-social-media-platforms-review-iv-1038934439106088960

For a while I had noticed that people complained they were losing money hosting niches or “categories” and I wanted to continue to test this on your behalf but low and behold a platform I had not recommended in my review didn’t hold up just like Hyperspace and surely 99% of the rest I didn’t recommend.

This isn’t to brag that I was correct, I lost money. This is to show you that my comprehensive reviews clearly have some merit and insight into where this space is headed and to give you the best idea where to invest your time given I’ve been historically correct and the ridiculous amount of time I put into these reviews and all the other things I do.

The point here is that I will lose money, get scammed, and waste my time on your behalf so you don’t have to.

According to their statistics: https://www.narrative.org/hq/reporting/network-stats they sold over 1000 niches and only ever gave out $1,152.53 USD worth of rewards.

I don’t know how much niches cost originally, but today they were listed at 695,345 as the minimum bid which is you bought NRVE during the ICO would cost you about $80,000 USD plus you had to renew yearly.
What’s really crazy is they raised millions of dollars: https://tokensale.narrative.org/
This is their official shutting down post: https://www.narrative.org/post/narrative-sunsetting

Follow me for more updates on blockchain and crypto-monetized social media and please feel free to donate to scottcbusiness.eth or use my Brave referral link https://brave.com/sco076 to help offset the costs of the money I waste on these various platforms as well as the time put in. It’s always greatly appreciated and it will always go into unbiasedly bringing you the best information and insights possible for your social media journey on the blockchain.

Gab has been getting a lot of backlash for its strict stance on pornography claiming that they are still in support of free speech but banning all pornography on their platform. Let’s talk about it.

It has taken a turn for the worse as the CEO has begun denouncing Twitter users and moralizing at people his own personal religious views from the company account. It’s one thing to hold certain values and it’s another to actively push them on others.

I honestly think that porn should be kept on porn sites because if our social platforms are full of pornography and explicit content then how can children use it, how can you use it at work, or in any professional environment? Social media is supposed to be about communication, not about pornography. For the same reason that pornography websites are not social media platforms, I don’t think social media platforms should be pornography websites. You have to also consider that they have to pay to host the content and when you’re introducing so much more legal issues and liabilities which will make it much more challenging for users to use the platform anywhere at any time as social media platforms should be used, then it’s much easier and more sensible to just outright rid of porn. You must also consider that it’s hard to prove consent, age, etc. in short clips and if they had to manually review it, it would be extremely cumbersome.

For me, free speech includes everything related to unrestricted speech including hate speech. But pornography has many limitations and legal restrictions that one could then argue it’s not necessarily speech or that it wouldn’t be included in free speech given all the legal restrictions already imposed on it.

After watching TheQuartering’s video on this I’ve since walked back my original position that pornography isn’t necessarily speech and while I don’t in any way see it as foundational to free speech, I don’t believe there can be any exceptions for what is or isn’t free speech outside the legal definition https://youtu.be/qXWSEVm2qmk

I am totally open to both sides of this argument and to having my mind changed. I’m still slightly leaning towards Gab’s side of this issue, but I don’t respect the arguments being made from a religious standpoint because religion has no authority on free speech. I also don’t respect the unprofessional behavior of the Gab account on Twitter and the behavior of the CEO regarding this topic.

That being said, I’d love to hear from you on what you think about all of this. Please leave a comment below. I will be sure to read and respond to them all. Thank you!

Something that I’ve increasingly noticed is that the common misunderstanding around cryptocurrency isn’t so much the blockchain as much as it is that people don’t fully understand fiat currency and how it works.

When we look at a commodity like gold, we can understand that its value comes from the fact that people want it, it’s hard to acquire, it’s not easy to counterfeit, there aren’t many counterfeits, it would be valued generally the same no matter where you go, it doesn’t matter who produced it, there are accounting processes to track how much gold there is (including several blockchain technologies), there is a limited amount of it, and because of all these things its value typically trends upwards.

When we look at fiat currency like the US dollar, we can recognize that its value used to come from gold, but now that is has been off the gold standard for so long constantly inflating it only fulfills 1 of the 9 features we previously mentioned. People do want the US dollar, but not everyone because of the other features it doesn’t fulfill. It’s significantly easier to acquire than gold, it cannot be used everywhere, it isn’t valued the same everywhere, if it wasn’t produced by an authority in the United States then it’s counterfeit, it’s significantly easier to counterfeit, there’s a lot of counterfeit money, there’s no solid methodology for accounting and tracking existing money, there, there’s no limit to how much US dollars can be printed, and because of all of these things and inflation, it trends downwards.

Many people fail to recognize this so when someone points out that Bitcoin fulfills all the things above that gold does as well as improves upon them, they do not see the value in it. For example, people want Bitcoin, it’s extremely challenging to acquire and only becomes more challenging over time, it can be used anywhere and is borderless, it’s valued the same anywhere, anyone can produce it and it will be accepted, there is no way to produce counterfeits, there are no counterfeits, it has the most advanced ledger to track transactions, ownership, and verification, there will only ever be 21,000,000 Bitcoin, we can exactly how many exist at any given point in time, and because of Bitcoin halvings and hardcoded inflation decreases over time, it generally trends upwards.

So, with all this being said, I present the following argument that it’s not that Bitcoin is so hard to understand, it’s more so that the average person didn’t fully grasp the concept of fiat currency, inflation, and how it all ties together. Not to mention that the Federal Reserve is a private company and it’s not even the US government printing the money. The point is that for people to better understand cryptocurrency, they must first truly learn about traditional fiat currency. Too many people are ignorant of these concepts to that point that I expect that many people would see this and might think it was conspiratorial when it’s all public knowledge that is easily accessible to anyone at any time. We’ve brainwashed ourselves into having faith in sovereign currencies which if anything the only promise they have is that they will hopefully lose value at a slow rate while we pretend and behave opposite to that fact.

How many people do you know who think saving with X% interest in a country with an inflation rate higher than that rate are saving and acquiring more wealth? They have more wealth representation in the form of money, but the wealth itself has lost value and the prices of everything else are higher.

Do you know someone like this? Is it you? Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

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Have you wondered who is holding the majority of circulating tokens or cryptocurrency for a blockchain social platform or how they’re distributed? Today we are going to dive into each major platform and do a comprehensive breakdown with the information we have available to us.

I also want to point out this has nothing to do with wanting to correct wealth inequality, but rather to point out which platforms have the least/most centralized distribution and or holding of wealth and which platforms have the most equal opportunity to earn. This is absolutely not about supporting equal outcome, but rather to inform, share, and summarize the information publicly available to us all aside from the few inquiries I made to confirm various things. What’s actually more important on social applications is social inequality. Where you can assert your power over someone else to influence them in some way.

This is meant to expand upon my previous post on this that goes into lesser detail on the wealth inequality on a few platforms which you can check out below:
Steemit: https://steemit.com/dtube/@scottcbusiness/ghc622ybiim
Publish0x: https://www.publish0x.com/at-scottcbusiness/publish0x-only-platform-without-wealth-inequality-xdqldd
Minds: https://www.minds.com/scottcbusiness/blog/publish0x-is-the-only-platform-without-wealth-inequality-1043411135314718720

I’d like to cover more platforms and be more in-depth with this breakdown given the response to the previous article and video. You will see some information repeated and I will dive in further to some of it. Also, note that I do a lot of calculations here so if something is slightly off, feel free to correct it, but in the grand scheme, it’s likely to be negligible.

The reason I wanted to do this is that it’s important to understand how the token economies of each platform work to make a more informed decision about where you will invest your time and effort. There are many platforms that fully control the sale of their token which means it’s highly centralized and they also control the price. Do keep in mind that with some of these breakdowns, there are large accounts used for token withdrawals, rewards, and airdrops that are controlled by the platforms. I don’t think it’s the most ideal to have all the cryptocurrency already mined and held by one entity, but I recognize that it’s not the same as where only a few entities hold the majority of a token. Also, I’d like to state that wealth inequality is a natural consequence of Zipf’s law because that’s generally how economics works. Though Steem does a good job of fixing this and Publish0x completely solved it with crypto-agnosticism.

We are taking a hard look at every platform and be very critical and unrelenting. I still use these platforms and appreciate them and their staff, but we are going to dive deep and bring everything to the surface.

You can find the blogs with all the information below:
Steemit: https://steemit.com/dtube/@scottcbusiness/0j8hxndta9n
Publish0x: https://www.publish0x.com/at-scottcbusiness/comprehensive-blockchain-social-crypto-holdings-breakdown-xzrogn
Minds: https://www.minds.com/scottcbusiness/blog/the-comprehensive-blockchain-social-crypto-holdings-breakdow-1046914604401401856

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What's crazier than the fact that we are all becoming debt slaves is the fact that most people are unaware or brush off this information when presented with it.

The head of the federal reserve Jerome Powell said it’s not sustainable and that “is an issue that is up to you and not us” while addressing the Congress’ Joint Economic Committee.

He was quoted in this article by CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/11/13/feds-powell-debt-is-growing-fast-than-economy-and-thats-not-sustainable.html and I read out this originally in this CoinTelegraph article: https://cointelegraph.com/news/got-bitcoin-us-fed-warns-national-debt-growth-is-not-sustainable/amp?__twitter_impression=true
He even pointed that “the consequences of not addressing it is just that… our kids and grandkids will be spending their tax dollars servicing debt rather than on the things they really need.”

It’s insane they know it’s a problem and they know it’s not their problem, it’s ours. So, they will leave it up to Congress whom we must get to fix this. Debt-driven economic policy and the results garnered by it are the exact reason cryptocurrency was invented. People need to wake up now before it’s too late. Many would say it already is too late and we cannot fix our economies. The only thing we can do is prep and invest so that our descendants aren’t debt slaves as much as we already are.

Many people do not realize that the concept of inflation is really a secret tax on the people so that they can continue taking out loans they can’t afford. I use tax loosely here as the money isn’t even going to the government to help with public services, no, it’s going to the private corporation that is the Federal Reserve.
Do you know where your money is going and where it’s coming from?

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The Ethereum name service is an amazing project that allows you to purchase and set up a human-readable .eth address for people to send various cryptocurrencies to. ENS will handle all the transactions, all you need is one address and today I’m going to walk you through how and explain why you should.

First off let’s talk about why you might want to take advantage of this:
- It’s inexpensive
- You will turn a long 40+ character address into a human-readable name that is easy to remember and without having to copy and paste
- It prevents lost transactions from mistyped addresses (if you type “scottcbusi.eth” it will say this is incorrect unless someone else has bought it)
- It enables you to store other records like your email or URL
- It enables you to setup a decentralized website via .onion or IPFS
- They will continue adding more features and improvements

Note that some fixes for various issues are:
- Metamask not working and needing to use a different browser
- Ensuring you have a compatible Ethereum wallet like Metamask
- Navigating to app.ens.domains and not just ens.domains
- One very specific issue I had was that my resolver needed to be reset and thus it was preventing me from adding new coins which I found out by inspecting my browser and seeing the error in the console. I just followed the instructions and redid step 1-3 and it solved the problem

It may look somewhat confusing, but you just need to follow the three steps they have laid out for you at the top when you click on the dropdown for “Learn how to manage your name” and you’ll be good to go.

1. Set the resolver which is a smart contract for translating names into addresses. In the Resolver area click on ‘Set’. Then click the ‘use public resolver’ link, and ‘save’ to launch the transaction.

2. Set your address in records under the resolver address by clicking the ‘+’ in the ‘records’ field then adding your Ethereum address. This makes it so that when people type in your .ETH name, they will..

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I am the host of Crypto & Things and I'm a huge social blockchain enthusiast exploring what I believe to be the next level of social communication. I usually spend a great deal of my time keeping up with and getting ahead of social trends and the latest updates. I strive to bring value to others and encourage people to pursue their passion and become financially empowered by blockchain technologies.

I'm really interested in cryptocurrency and the latest tech trends. Blockchain social media is the next frontier for digital marketing and presents an opportunity to capitalize on. The main I'm using are Minds, Publish0x, and Steem. I strive to pursue doing more on-boarding for social agencies, brands, and influencers to create more opportunities for everyone, doing video series, and growing my brand.

I have been doing digital marketing with a focus on social media for over 5 years now and I’ve helped many clients and either assisted on or directly managed hundreds of accounts!

My top achievements:
- In the top 500 most followed on the Steem blockchain
- Worked with over 50 clients across several industries managing over 100 accounts
- Over 6 years of digital marketing experience
- Proficient in video editing, graphic design, and a variety of technical and IT-related skills
- 52,000+ followers, 48,000+ engagements, 15,000+ comments, and 6,850,000+ impressions across all of my networks
- David S. Simmonds Entrepreneurship Award 2016
- Public Service Alliance Of Canada Music Grant
- Gary Vaynerchuck follows me on Instagram
- Interviewed & worked with several executives & founders of blockchain companies
- Writer for the ALTCOIN Magazine and the Cryptocurrency Hub on Medium