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Accept it, we’re not merely social network users, but we’re becoming a product of the social networks that we use. All the major social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others are free apps — but we are paying for it with data and with identities. In fact, social networks are increasingly asking us to share more and more parts of our lives. Even Messenger services now have a function that lets us share “moments” of our daily lives. But how about those of us who merely want to connect, communicate, and keep in touch, all without being tracked? Here’s where I think blockchain technology can make a big difference. By combining a decentralized consensus mechanism with a private and secure platform for exchanging messages and information, we might be able to finally get connected without the risk of exposing too much to those who own the platforms.

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    Lorraine Reguly

    about 1 month ago #

    Does anyone know what steps Facebook is taking to move towards blockchain technology?

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      Nadav Dakner

      about 1 month ago #

      That's an interesting question. I wonder if they'll take those steps, or work hard to "fight" decentralized social media platforms.

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    Dana Gore

    about 1 month ago #

    I appreciate you putting this together.
    Privacy is a thing of the past - and as mentioned here, we are becoming the products of social media.

    It's good to see something like Blockchain as a solution and I appreciate you sharing this with us.

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    Joy Healey

    about 1 month ago #

    Although I'm aware of blockchain technology "at the edges", I hadn't come across Obsidian the coin and network. I like the concept of being paid for good content, and will have a look at Steemit too.

    I suppose I don't mind targeted ads being served at me on Facebook, but the lack of privacy is worrying. Still, the answer is plain... it's their free platform and no-one is forcing me to use it. Obviously I am paying in loss of privacy rather than money.

    That just makes the blockchain concept more attractive.

    Very interesting article Ramin, thanks for sharing.

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    Lisa Sicard

    about 1 month ago #

    This one fascinates me - especially how sites with Blockchain will compensate their users. They will compensate them and protect them at the same time. IT really sounds like a WIn-Win for all!
    I wonder how the other social networks will survive or if they will join in - in some way. Amazing how fast the technology is today and how quickly things can change. Thanks for this provocative share today!

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    James McAllister

    about 1 month ago #

    Interesting. I'm always interested in secure messengers in particular because I don't think there's one that's perfect yet.

    We're at a time where end to end encryption is available for our messengers which sure is a huge step up from the past, but open-sourced end to end encrypted, decentralized messengers may be the end game.

    In any case, they're certainly needed. Privacy only goes away if we allow it to.

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    Ryan Biddulph

    about 1 month ago #

    Steemit is fascinating the heck out of me Ramin. I add a blog post - aka video - to it daily. When I find the 86th hour to network over there LOL I will see greater growth. Even doing it passively though I see monster potential as I earn Steem Dollar weekly and convert some to Bitcoin and keep some as Steemers.

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    Ravi Chahar

    about 1 month ago #

    Hey Rahim,

    The blockchain is a technology which is growing to a greater extent and people are more into this. Making the social networks private is a big deal.
    Thanks for sharing.
    ~Ravi

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    Cori Ramos

    about 1 month ago #

    Hi Ramin,

    Thanks for explaining the blockchain technology with us. It's good to know there is something out there to protect our privacy.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Coro

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    Brenda Pace

    about 1 month ago #

    Hi Ramin,

    It's great to hear of a platform that actually takes privacy seriously. Blockchain sounds like an inventive tool that will rapidly become popular, or maybe it is already. It's the first of heard of it.

    I look forward to hearing more about it and how the influencers like it. Thank you for sharing this!

    B

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