Steemit Platform Launches ‘Plan For Onboarding the Masses’ Despite The Harsh Criticism From Users
At the height of the cryptocurrency bullish season in 2017, Steemit, a blockchain based media platform that incentivizes content creators, saw a hike in the number of users. Since then the number of uses have dwindled as the platform faced a number of issues and the market generally collapsed through 2018. In a recent post on Steemit, the company is focused on a new strategy to increase the user growth grate on the platform – “Plan for Onboarding the Masses”.
The post starts off with the root problems that Steemit has faced in the past that slows the growth and the solutions proposed to increase the rapid adoption seen during the end of 2017.
New Changes On Steem Platform
The Steemit development team is working on a number of solutions to this burgeoning issue of user growth including building solid communities funded by Smart Media Tokens. Furthermore, the new improvements to Steemit will include lighter accounts and real tome feedback to dramatically improve their ability to on board new users to Steem.
The “Communities” project is expected to bring the individuals on Steem together, leveraging the blockchain to collect information and people with the same interests together. The post further writes,
“Communities will leverage Steem to deliver, for the first time in history, the ability for Community leaders to own the communities that they build.”
Smart Media tokens (SMT) provides a financial tool for these communities to incentivize their community managers, project leaders and all members in order to grow and increase the value of the community.
Finally, the “Light Accounts” can be used by the Steem developers to onboard their users for free, give them access to their Steem app, unify their backend databases, and then selectively “upgrade” the users who add the most value to their app to full Steem accounts. Once the Light Accounts are released, the existing Steemit accounts will be bumped to a “premium” status.
“A Few Critical Factors Left Out”
Despite the new breath of life being injected to the failing Steem platform, one user (@raj808), claims the new upgrades to on board new users is missing a few crucial factors. Rowan Joyce, @raj808, offered key problems that affects the growth of Steem platform and his opinion on how to solve the problems.
“You can offer new users the chance to not join and become disappointed within a month of joining that quality of content isn't any indication of how they will be rewarded,” Rowan complained in his response to the post by Steemit.
Rowan said the development team should work on the abuse of power by the early adopters of Steemit given the large discrepancy in staking rewards. Notwithstanding, he says the use of bidbots by the wealthy users causes an unfair reward system and vote sellers should not be endorsed as legitimate members of the community.
Despite the harsh criticism from Rowan, there are members of the community who believe the “Plan for On boarding Masses” will be a success as it is. One such member is Steemit developer, Hatu, who spoke in an interview saying,
“While Steemit’s audience has seen a bit of a pull-back, it’s worth noting that the audience hasn’t left the STEEM ecosystem. Instead, they’ve adopted other STEEM UIs like Busy, Partiko, or PALNet, which are only a few of the many UI options. Audience traction is becoming more competitive within the STEEM ecosystem—this is a good thing.”