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Status (SNT) is an open source, decentralized messaging application, crypto wallet and Web 3.0 browser built on top of a blockchain network. The platform was launched by Carl Bennetts and Jarrad Hope in 2017. SNT is a utility token that offers holders a variety of privileges.

Aiming to be a “secure communication tool that upholds human rights”, Status operates as a light client node on the Ethereum blockchain, and is something like an operating system that gives users access to all of the decentralized applications (dapps) on the Ethereum blockchain. The target market is smartphone users - any of whom can access the Ethereum dapp directory through the Status application. The latter is available on both Android and iOS.

Status also emphasizes the social nature of the platform. Instead of advertisers or money pulling the strings when it comes to what content is shared, it is the holders of SNT tokens who become the major stakeholders in the network and decide how the network is governed.

There are a few areas that development can be broadly categorized into: core development, SNT utility, research and “essentials.” The team, which itself is quite decentralized, is currently working on particular goals in each of these categories, including network incentives, token economics, the browser and the wallet. 

2019’s list of milestones include significant development on Nimbus, a client focused on scaling using the sharding technique, a dapp discovery feature and improvements to different versions of the Status application.

V1.12 Release - Keycard on iOS, Crypto Onramps, and More

23 Mar 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

Keycard can now be used on iOS devices for hardware enforced security to your keys and accounts! Status v1.12 also introduces a host of new features that make Status more enjoyable including some key updates to the messaging experience. Keycard iOS I...

Clubhouse is a privacy catastrophe

12 Mar 2021 5 minute read 2 comments Status Community Updates

Clubhouse is a drop-in voice chat platform that has taken the post-quarantine world by storm. Its simple yet alluring way of providing a space for casual conversations has netted the app over 10M downloads, but this success does not come without comp...

Vitalik escalates ETH 2.0 merge as miners plan a 51% attack

12 Mar 2021 1 minute read 5 comments Status Community Updates

Ethereum miners have recently begun coordinating a possible 51% attack in direct response to the EIP-1559 proposal, which burns a majority of the transaction fees rather than giving them to miners. There are a wide variety of benefits to this proposa...

V1.11 Release - Improved Keycard Support & More

18 Feb 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

The team continues to make progress in improving Status and bringing fun, sticky, private, secure communication. In a relatively small release, 1.11 allows anyone with an existing Status account to migrate their keys onto a Keycard as well as Giphy s...

What is a security audit, when you should get one, and how to prepare.

7 Feb 2021 21 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

Let’s talk about “audits,” or assessments from external vendors on a specific section of code, product, functionality, technology, etc. Many use the terms interchangeably; this document will use the term assessment as it implies (in my opinion) the a...

The Nimbus dashboard challenge

27 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

We propose a radical change in design from experts designing for people to people designing for themselves.– Don Norman We are proposing to leverage the creativity within the Ethereum community to help us figure out what to display in our Grafana das...

Waku and the future of Ethereum messaging

11 Dec 2020 2 minute read 0 comments Cryptotexty

I'm actively using Status crypto messenger (my name there is cryptotexty.stateofus.eth in case you want to speak with me there). So my interest in Status and crypto messaging brought me to Waku. A month ago Vitalik Buterina congratulated Waku as Whis...

Status messenger for Desktop review

11 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Cryptotexty

In case you don't know, now you can use Status, (and therefore, private & secure communication) on your desktop. Beta version is available for Mac, Linux, and Windows, you can download it here: After installation, you have 2 op...

We need to start thinking hard about validator privacy

5 Dec 2020 1 minute read 1 comment Status Community Updates

We're seeing a narrative emerge that would have those who run a node be held responsible for the legality or illegality of the transactions processed by that node.   A narrative that has led to a bill that, if passed, could turn Ethereum node opera...

What's in store for ETH 2.0?

2 Dec 2020 3 minute read 1 comment Status Community Updates

With the successful launch of ETH 2.0 phase 0, let’s take a look at what the long-awaited upgrade has in store for users and developers alike. On June 19th 2020, Ethereum increased its gas limit by 20% to 12 million. In no less than two days, this n...