It's Sunday, the 10.10.2021, in the evening and today is the day.
While the plan was to do this a year earlier, on the 10.10.2020, I guess things don't always work the way they're planned, that won't stop me. So here we go.
2 years ago, I watched a video of Gary Vee, where he talked about one of his best ideas for a social network, that by limiting posting to once every 24 hours it would enhance the quality/meaning/value of engagements.
I was intrigued by the idea and started building right away. (What I came up with doesn't equal the 1 post each 24 hours-model as I found it a bit too strict, but rather uses mana where 100 mana recharges within a day. Currently, a post "costs" 70 mana and a comment costs 30 mana. This might be changed in the future, depending how well it works and what the feedback is.)
The initial goal was to build a small prototype within a month, but after a week, I realized I need to do this right (my personal mantra is "Wenn, dann richtig/If I do it, I do it right"), so for a few months I researched into the best technology/tech-stacks and started building the infrastructure for the project.
When I started in late 2019, Hive didn't even exists and Steem was still in "Wen SMTs?"-mode. And to be honest, I was tired of constantly being dependant on another project and I realised that whatever I was working on next had to be independent. It should be part of Web3 and support Steem (now Hive) and other blockchains, but relying on Ned - no thank you.
If I'd have known that Hive would be jumpstarted into existence just a few months later and that things like HAF are on its way, I probably would have done a few early design-decisions different. But that's history now.
Within the last 2 years, I tried my best create a social media platform that combines Web2 and Web3.
At this point though, the project has to see the light of day, because ultimately my own opinion matters less than than those of the ones who use it.
So, without further ado, let me introduce...
Welcome to inji
I'm excited to announce and launch the public beta for my passion-project & what-I've-been-working-on-for-the-past-2-years, the social media platform:
For the public beta, I've decided on limiting access to dedicated Hivers with at least ~10,000 HIVEPOWER. For this, I've queried HiveSQL with the following query:
SELECT name FROM Accounts WHERE vesting_shares > 17777777 ORDER BY vesting_shares DESC
What else can I say? To be honest, I'm somewhat scared to finally release inji and I'm honestly not sure if it's good enough. But as the famous saying goes: "If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late."
Whatever happens, happens. I'll be looking forward to your feedback.