When you hear about “social media” what does your mind go to? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Even Tumblr, perhaps? Social media has revolutionized the way that we receive information. It seems like it was so long ago that we were sending letters, picking up the phone to call someone, or knocking on a door. Now, we get updates from our friends and family in bite-size nuggets bundled up neatly in a Timeline or Wall for easy consumption. God forbid we have to read something more than 140 characters, right?
By: Jay “CryptoFoxtrot” Barnick
The problem with social media is that it’s become such a large part of our lives, spending hours a week mindlessly scrolling through pictures that we may or may not really care about, but it doesn’t matter because social media has become so ingrained in our lives that we feel lost, even disconnected, without it. At the root of that problem, however, is one small fact that often goes overlooked: The Mark Zuckerbergs and Tom Andersons (RIP MySpace) of the world literally could not care any less if you use their apps. They made their fortunes building tech empires, so they have no regard for the little person. Heck, the fact that Zuckerberg ended up before a Congressional panel testifying on allegations of data mismanagement speaks volumes to that fact. So, that begs the question: Where does one turn to find a social media platform that actually cares about its users? The answer is quite simple. WhatsAround.
Latest and greatest blockchain dApp to hit the market
WhatsAround is the latest and greatest blockchain dApp to hit the market. WhatsAround is a platform for photo sharing, so that you can share awesome sights, funny memes, or cherished moments with your friends and family, all in a small, easy to digest format. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “How is that any different than Instagram?” Again, the answer is quite simple, and I’ll be so bold as to phrase it as a question: Does Instagram pay its users for sharing content? Nope. Not unless you’re scantily-clad and have tens of thousands of followers.
The more content, the more ShotPoints
The premise with WhatsAround is simple. Reward users with ShotPoints for sharing their photos, interacting with other peoples’ posts, bookmarking photos. The more content that a user contributes, the more ShotPoints they earn. Once a certain amount of ShotPoints are earned, users are rewarded in ShotCoins, which they can use to purchase items in the Marketplace, such as Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, Paypal credits, or even Ethereum, for the cryptocurrency enthusiasts out there.
It’s also worth mentioning that this is unlike any other social media platforms on the market, in that it’s social media on the Blockchain. What does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that you don’t have to worry about your personal data ending up being made available to shady characters, kinda like what Facebook ended up in trouble for with Cambridge Analytica. The platform is fully decentralized, meaning that users are able to share whatever personal information they want, if any. And the data that is shared, is stored using one of the most secure database systems known to man, so for those who value their privacy, WhatsAround is the social media app for you!
Changed the way people interact with social media apps
Having interacted with the WhatsAround app for over a month now, I have found and learned the value of a platform such as this. It gives me the power to share what I want and not sharing what I don’t want. Much like Instagram, I am able to share incredible sights with my friends and family AND be rewarded for contributing to the growth of the app. Instagram can’t come close to doing that, despite being a billion-dollar corporation. WhatsAround has turned the social media industry onto its head and changed the way people interact with social media apps. Despite being in the early stages of development, the WhatsAround app is extremely simple to use and easy to navigate. The information that’s laid out in front of you is clean, well thought out, and exactly where you’d think it would be. Sharing content is a very intuitive process that takes only a few seconds. Obviously, since it’s still in early development, there are bugs and glitches, but the developer team at WhatsAround is extremely talented, hard-working, and responsive to user submissions. I fully expect within the years to come, WhatsAround will completely revolutionize the modern social media model as we know it, changing it from a place where we dump photos mindlessly, to a platform where users are able to benefit from using it. Not the other way around. To people who are looking for a more “grown-up” version of Instagram, WhatsAround is the winner, hands down.