2) Maybe it's just me, but the full page image of the woman on your landing page makes me want to close out rather than engage and find out what the product is. I'd rather see top peeps immediately, with a partial landing banner for new users.
3) I think the most critical task for a product like yours is curating a good community. With twitter already existing, how do you intend to avoid turning into a boring graveyard of crypto shills (like Steem) or a Gab-like place filled with only people offensive enough to have been banned elsewhere?
4) Otherwise -- it looks great! I'm on the waitlist...how long before you send out more invite? :)
1) Yeah, it's a weird word. Other suggestions appreciated.
2) Good feedback.
3) Branding is a top priority. This front-end is meant to polarize for a certain type of user. That becomes more clear during on-ramp and usage. Copy/messaging needs work. Suggestions appreciated.
4) Thank you. Best way is to DM me on Twitter at @bevanbarton with the email address you signed up with and I'll approve you ASAP.
For a mass-market tool, it should be possible to describe the purpose your tool using words that have existed for more than a couple of decades. At the moment, the shorthand is always “like Twitter, except not quite”.
So is it public chat? personal status updates? a public short-form diary? crap poetry? a personal news feed? a way to contact companies with short messages?
All of these are valid, and maybe it's several, but perhaps choosing one use-case to focus on will lead to a clearer offering.
> online news and social networking service
As for microblogging, from the title I thought of a Tumblr/Twitter alternative, but I guess not :)
I own crypto but not ETH, and respectfully I don't want to get into ETH just for this. On the upside thought, making people "work for it" will keep away trolls and time-wasters/haters.
I hope it grows to see it how you like!
Can multiple users share a bulk post? Curious if it would be possible to set up a site that reduces latency by grouping post actions from multiple users, possibly even letting them post for free by displaying ads in the front-end.
For years, using PGP for email was possible, but only a few people did, because it was clunky and they didn't care enough. The climate changed, but so did technology. WhatsApp now makes E2E message encryption trivial, due to the work they've put in to make it easy for users.
You could argue that if a cryptocurrency based service made the usage of that cryptocurrency sufficiently easy then it wouldn't matter that there hadn't been much adoption up to that point.
To put it another way - the market size for Peepeth isn't "people who already own some form of crypto", it's "people who don't want their messages censored". The use of crypto may be a barrier to entry for some of those people, but it doesn't necessarily have to be.
Yes, the challenge for Peepeth is probably greater than that faced by WhatsApp, but not impossible.
The implicit assumption being made in the parent is that the current market size is dictated by UX, rather than something else like a compelling use case for the majority of the population. I'm suggesting that with some UX work and a compelling use case (which Peepeth may or may not be), there is nothing preventing large scale adoption of crypto.
Peepeth could do something like Whatsapp, say "it costs you 1USD/month to use Peepeth, but for the first year we'll waive the fees" and transparently purchase ETH on your behalf behind the scenes. But they don't do that. They put all the crypto burden squarely on your shoulders, with no hint that they'd consider making it all seamless/ transparent for the regular user.
Keep in mind that Peepeth is a self-funded effort by one person (Bevan). I'm sure he'd be more than glad to solve the usability problem, but purchasing ETH on your behalf can't be done without funding or a source of revenue.
However you can donate see https://peepeth.com/support
For all the hurrah about Facebook and privacy, it will be interesting to see if users really do care enough about their rights to free speech and privacy to switch platforms and put some of their own resources into making better solutions.
* I have to be using Firefox.
* And I have to install a firefox extension.
* And I have to have ETH.
However, they're all lacking one major thing that needs to happen in order for a true Facebook Exodus to take place - distributed discovery and consumption. Facebook has a HUGE network effect, and simply put there is no way any of my acquaintances are going to leave Facebook just because of the recent news. I can start a Mastodon node, but I would be shouting into a void - there's no one there to see my content, and no incentive for someone to move over. If I _did_ convince anyone to move, they'd be shouting into the same void, and get bored. There needs to be a way for us early adopters to post content, but let it still reach people that haven't jumped yet.
Right now the best solution I have for this is something pull-based like RSS. Even that's not a great solution, though - my average acquaintance no longer uses RSS. I might be able to get my mom to install Feedly, but no way is my old friend from High School going to install it. Open to hear ideas around this.
A Mastodon feed has built in ATOM (RSS) support so you could encourage someone to subscribe to you in Feedly if you wished and they were already a happy RSS user.
You can use tools like IFTTT or Zapier to cross-post from Mastodon to Facebook (or Twitter or whatever else).
There's a Mastodon to Twitter bridge  where Twitter users can volunteer a primary Mastodon account (on any instance) for people to follow and in turn see all of the people on Twitter they follow that have posted a Mastodon address to follow them on Mastodon. A similar bridge should be easy to set up for Facebook as well, I just don't think it has been done yet.
In a way that bridge is the closest to a public directory of Mastodon users, and there's certainly room for other sorts of public directories (Mastodon "yellow pages"/"Yahoo listings") or Mastodon-tuned search engines. (Of course, existing search engines often already return Mastodon results; Mastodon feeds are already web pages.)
That's what POSSE is for: you Publish on your Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere. So you'd publish on Mastodon & (hopefully automatically) also publish a syndicated feed on Facebook.
I think its criminal appeal is limited compared to alternatives. Use of a known and traceable payment+communications channel reveals more info about the perpetrators and their networks than non-crypto communication channels + crypto payments. Pairing communication and money removes a level of anonymity because of the traceable nature of blockchain transactions.
To make sure I understand, are you saying, "Every client developer has to handle this on their own, if they choose to at all"?
> I think its criminal appeal is limited compared to alternatives. […]
It seems like you're suggesting that anonymity is not possible with Ethereum, but searches suggests that it's possible now, and will become easier thanks to projects like Project Alchemy. (I don't know much about Ethereum, though, so I'd love to hear your thoughts!)
It kinda makes you wonder if the Ether wallet itself that can sync and download such data is also at risk of being called illegal.
Are FBI raids now going to focus on targeting people that have a copy of the block chain to put them away?
On a different note, Sone - microblogging over Freenet - has been around for quite a while, and it's under active development.
Currently there's Twitter account verification (through a blockchain oracle contract). More verification options are on the way (incl. domain ownership).
It's weird to me how the no-retractions thing is a benefit. Seems like a feature deficit. I can't imagine using twitter without the delete function, if only just to delete botched tweets.
I can think of lots of situations where that's not a good thing. I can't really think of any situations where it's a good thing.
However, it seems to have fooled the real(?) Fred Wilson.
Not that I think this says something bad about Peepeth... the situation is obviously not much better on Twitter, even with verification. Just a point about how easy it to be fooled online when you're not expect it...
Yes, Peepeth users are aware that unless an account is Twitter-verified (with a Twitter icon next to their name), the user is not guaranteed to be the "real" user. Other verifications like domain ownership are coming soon.
I don't think it matters that much as long as people can remember and spell it. Google wasn't a resonant name with anyone except math nerds.
The ui/design seems a just a little hard around the edges.
"Hey friends, you all should try this app I'm using Peepeth"
"How do I spell that?"
"You wanna put the Pee-what in the pee-who?"