I’ve been writing on Publish0x for about 6 months now - I think I started in Q3 last year - and it’s been one hell of an experience. It’s very encouraging to see people band together and post solid opinions, investment advice and general discussions about the development of the crypto space, with the rewards/tipping being somewhat secondary.
Of course, there were other platforms before this - for the most part just Steemit, because that launched years ago and has had a lot of time to develop and some big names developing it (co-founded by Dan Larimer.) But I think Publish0x has become a tighter reading experience for me and the comments I get on the post have encouraged me to do more.
Now I have some more good news to share - Publish0x has become the second biggest crypto powered publishing platform after Steemit! It was a long time coming, I think, and there’s still a long way to go, but the cornerstones are in place.
I thought I would take today to look at the different publishing platforms and see how they compare, and some general information about it, so that you can guys can benefit from them all.
1. Steemit - 1.3M Users
So most of you will probably be aware of Steemit if you know about Publish0x. Created by Dan Larimer and Ned Scott, Steemit is a dapp that runs on the STEEM blockchain, where people can get rewarded for their blog posts, media links and so on. It has proven successful since its launch in March, 2016, attracting roughly 1.3 million users.
Users get rewarded with the STEEM token for voting and commenting, as well as other social interactions. It is still going, with TRON recently announcing that it had formed a strategic partnership to bring Steemit into the TRON ecosystem.
Steemit's Alexa ranking.
2. Publish0x - 61K+ Users
I’m guessing you already know a little about Publish0x since you’re here :)
Launched on October 18, 2018, Publish0x has quickly become a hub for crypto enthusiasts to offer their opinions and analyses of the market and industry. It’s got some big names writing on the site too, if you’ll notice. I’ve seen Changelly, BitShares and BoxMining on the platform, and that’s something.
One thing to note about Publish0x (if you’re new here) is that, unlike Steemit, Publish0x is crypto agnostic (which does not have its own token so it avoids conflict of interest), which is one of the things I appreciate the most. Some users have already talked about this - the fact that you can get rewarded in a variety of tokens (BAT, HYDRO and DAI being the most popular.)
Publish0x was launched by Dan Bainbridge, an angel investor and blockchain enthusiast who has been in this space since 2014. He has also worked in other blockchain/crypto initiatives, including Investinblockchain.com and CoinAd.
Publish0x's Alexa ranking.
Here are some stats related to Publish0x.
3. Uptrennd - 60K+ Users
Uptrennd is a social media platform that is somewhat similar in design to Reddit, where people get rewarded for social interactions like commenting and upvoting. It uses its own token called UP token. Until Publish0x took over, Uptrennd was the 2nd biggest crypto platform for publishing content.
Uptrennd was founded by Jeff Kirdeikis in January 2019 who envisioned the platform with censorship resistance and security in mind.
Uptrennd's Alexa ranking.
Here are some stats related to Uptrennd.
What is Alexa rank and why is it important?
The Alexa rank is basically a measure of how popular a website is. 1 is the highest rank - Google and Youtube have the ranks 1 and 2. This platform is owned by Amazon.
It uses a variety of factors to determine how popular a website is, including page views and unique visitors. Whatever has the highest combination of page views and unique visitors is ranked one.
The Alexa ranking is important because it gauges how extensively used and plain useful a website is. In a more specific sense, it gives advertisers some information on the strength of your website's marketing potential.
Other Crypto Content Platforms
Before I conclude this, I’d like to say that there are definitely some other crypto publishing platforms that exist, as people may point that out. While these exist, they are not quite the same as the ones mentioned above. Two I’d like to point out are:
Dlive.tv is a live streaming platform so it isn’t strictly in the same category as the other ones I mentioned. The platform was launched by Charles Wayn.
It made the news last year when it was bought by Justin Sun and TRON, and when well-known live streamer PewDiePie said that he would stream exclusively on DLive. It has an Alexa Rank of 6,877.
Dtube is an online video platform, similar to YouTube, that rewards users for posting videos and performing the expected social interactions. Like Dlive.tv, it isn’t the same as the other content publishing platforms mentioned. It was started by Adrien Marie in 2016.
Dtube is built on top of the STEEM blockchain and uses the IPFS file sharing system. Like the other platforms, users are rewarded in tokens (in this case, STEEM) for their contribution and interactions on the site. It has an Alexa rank of 35,865.
Voice is a new social network platform that was announced by the company behind EOS, Block.One. It is still under development - currently in the Beta phase - and it was recently announced that it will not launch on the EOS blockchain for the moment, but that may happen in the future. Until this escapes Beta and launches fully, there's not much to say about this.
So there you have it. We have plenty to be excited about in the content niche of decentralized technologies. All of these platforms offer something in their own right and what is especially good is that users have multiple options to choose from, and can benefit from all of them. The USERS are the ones who are in mind in these platforms - they receive a fair portion of the rewards, as opposed to centralized platforms.
We need more platforms of this nature, and more development and refinement. This is not a matter of competition but a collective push towards an idea that is more fair and helpful for us, the end users.