Social Media Application Memo.cash Continues to Gain Traction
Earlier this April, we reported on a social media application powered by bitcoin cash transactions known as Memo.cash. When the project first launched, a few weeks later a similar platform called Blockpress arrived, but about a month ago the Blockpress founder abandoned the project leaving the Twitter-like onchain-powered Memo to take the reins. Since then the platform has grown in many ways with more users, features, and extensions.
Memo Continues Gain Traction with Uncensored Content Sharing
Over the past couple of months, bitcoin cash fans have been using an onchain social media application called Memo.cash. Essentially users tether written data, videos, pictures, and animations to the website and all the actions are hashed into the BCH chain using an OP_Return transaction. The application allows anyone to create a profile, post uncensorable messages, and tip people natively in BCH.
Furthermore, Memo users can use 217 characters now rather than the original 77 characters the application started out with, and this is due to the increased default data-carrier size to 220 bytes applied on the Bitcoin Cash network earlier this May. The added characters have allowed Memo users to do a much wider range of things when posting on the main feed.
Not only can users post 217 characters of uncensorable text, but users can also embed Youtube videos, website URLs, torrent magnets, streaming video links, pictures, and animated gifs. Memo users can also post a poll that allows other Memo members to vote on specific topics like should Ross Ulbricht be pardoned, bitcoin cash pre-consensus, political questions, and more. There’s also a topics page with thousands of bundled posts about things like capitalism, anarchism, scaling, global warming, and Satoshi Nakamoto.
A Slew of Memo.cash Extensions
Memo.cash has seen a few extensions aswell that tie other platforms to the main Memo system. Brekken’s MES also includes a protocol that remembers what you have liked, and it can also remember your profile password. The open source extension allows Memo users to update the main layout and design, auto expands images and gifs, and adds in-line liking. For instance Andreas Brekken, the developer who just reviewed the Lightning Network, has launched the Memo Enhancement Suite (MES), a protocol that adds a couple of customizations to the Memo application. “Your password is kept in plain text in the browser’s localStorage. It’s probably secure unless your computer is already broken into,” explains the MES Github repository.
There’s also the open source Big Earth Memopress extension which provides helper methods for reading/writing to the Bitcoin Cash blockchain per the Memo and Blockpress protocols. Lastly, there’s the fantastic variety of Memo add-ons built by the developer Unwriter like Chainfeed, the Twitter Bot _Opreturn, and read.cash.
Blockpress Development No More?
Another interesting happening that occurred last month was the abandoning of the other social media application Blockpress. The creator of Blockpress took to the Reddit forum r/btc and stated he wanted someone to dominate the development of the site. “We wanted to reach out to the community here to see if anyone would like to take over the development and/or ownership of www.Blockpress.com — We have been working on other projects and think that new leadership and development would be good to have to take this app to the next level,” explains the sites creator.
The Blockpress application is still running, but it’s clear that the platform is not updated in some time. We tried reaching out to the Blockpress creator without much success and it’s unconfirmed if someone else will be acquiring it over. Meanwhile, many Blockpress users were disappointed to hear the news but migrated over to Memo with ease.