Keep It Real. Keep It Blockster

Let’s get straight to the point. You’re into crypto and blockchain. You use several sites and tools to get your info.

You’re on Reddit for the latest mental tussles on the most relevant (or maybe not so) issues. You’re on Twitter following what your fave crypto icons are saying about this and that. You’re on Medium to read more about the latest announcements and developments for a project you’re following.

Heck, you might even be on trading groups on Facebook. Step a little deeper and you’re on LinkedIn, trying to look for a job in the space.

Well, that might not be the case specifically. But you get the point.

If you’re into crypto and blockchain, either as a fan, an investor, a developer or an entrepreneur -chances are, you need these platforms I just mentioned for very specific things. And you need them daily.

If you’re invested in DeFi, you’re probably using Etherscan. If you’re trading, maybe you’re using CoinMarketCap for monitoring and analysis. If you’re a writer, like myself, you probably refer to crypto and blockchain news aggregators like CryptoPanic.

The list of use cases goes on, but they diversify and specialize, for each specific need. Now what if I tell you that all these could one day be secondary, or even merged, into a single, one-stop platform for all those needs? Enter Blockster.

What is Blockster?

When I first heard of this platform, it immediately flashed distinct memories to me. If you’re around my age and you’re Asian (I’m turning 30 next year, I’m Filipino), you’ve probably started your social media life on Friendster, a now defunct platform that predated MySpace and Facebook. Sounds like Friendster, I thought. Blockster – Friendster. Alright.

According to Blockster’s whitepaper, the name is a portmanteau of “blockchain” and “hustler” that is to say, a blockchain hustler, someone who leverages their enthusiasm for crypto to connect, create, learn, and earn.

If you use Blockster, you’re a blockchain hustler. Sounds about right.

An Exciting Crypto Project

Now, I’ve been in the crypto space for quite a while. In 2014, I read the alpha whitepaper, Satoshi Nakamoto’s proposal for a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Not here to argue, but I think Bitcoin is far from that vision now. Anyway, I digress. Since then, I’ve been following and learning about crypto and blockchain technologies. I’ve also worked for several startups and projects along the way as a UX designer and writer.

It was a rough six or so years, I can tell you. I was in forums, on social media – I was even digging into obscure textbooks on cryptography and I was reading theoretical works on decentralization. It was, of course, my style. I’m a self-directed learner. I dropped out of college early to get to work and learn at my own pace.

But then, I imagine that would be difficult for people who need something more organized. Something cleaner, more seamless, and less intricate at the same time. Something like Blockster.

The way I see it, a platform like Blockster would be a great boost, not just for crypto and blockchain technology in general, but more specifically for people who are just now trying to understand what it is all about, beyond the price fluctuations and moonshot hashtags.

There’s just one slight nitpick I have about Blockster though, aside from several UX design choices I find unimaginative (these could be improved later on, of course). That nitpick is the choice of a centralized platform to host Blockster itself.

Is Blockster Too Good to be True?

According to Blockster’s whitepaper, while the BXR token itself would be blockchain-based, Blockster is essentially a centralized platform “due to the inherent unsuitability of blockchains for storing and retrieving large amounts of data.” The whitepaper goes on to claim that centralized servers are faster and more efficient.

I disagree with this wholeheartedly. I think a blockchain-based, tamper-proof decentralized cloud computing era is coming, and there are already several open source projects working on this. Once those go live and show that they’re sustainable, scalable, and efficient, I’d love to see Blockster shift their opinion on this matter.

If a platform like Blockster could collate most of what crypto and blockchain enthusiasts need from Twitter, Reddit, CoinMarketCap, Etherscan, and the like; then it would be really helpful for people who are just starting out in this space.

Crypto and blockchain could be a wild ride. It has been, at least for me. Lots to learn, a whole lot more to unlearn. If I had something like Blockster in 2014, things would’ve turned out magnitudes better.

Where I’m from, I only have a handful of close friends with whom I discuss crypto and blockchain tech and trends. I’ve worked in traditional finance, and I’ve attended local blockchain conferences. Most were boring or left me needing something more. Connection. Meaningful ones.

I hope to have those with Blockster. And no, I’m not implying dating functionalities (but why not, it could be developed on a platform like this). What I’m saying is, I’m tired of the noise on Twitter. I’m tired of the FOMO on Reddit. I’m tired of the same-old boring project announcements on Medium. And I only use Facebook to post memes.

I want something better; I want something more efficient. I want one app, one site, where I could glance through all the things I need to know and get things done. And maybe earn a few sats from doing so.

I want a social network that has people like me, people who share the same passion and vision for a better future through crypto and blockchain technology. I want something that keeps it real, keeps it a hundred blocks and running. I want something like Blockster.

Scratch that, I’m wrong. There’s nothing like it, and it’s already here.

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