While Blockchain has celebrated only a few theoretical birthdays, the number of people around the world number in the thousands when it comes to utilizing the technology and putting it to work in a various number of Decentralized Apps (dApps).
Having Blockchain be so much in its infancy does mean that the number of theoretical cases still outnumbers the practical uses, but also means that there are ‘growing pains' that Ethereum blockchain, in particular, must overcome if it's to enter the use of an ever growing population.
This, on its own, will take some time, but it's been an otherwise impressive and inspiring thing to see major companies take to blockchain with a certain zeal and attempt to mesh it with applications. And from the standpoint of startups, there are as many dApps coming into use as there are stars in the sky (so to speak), with a remarkable scope of diversity too.
Whether you're looking for a new game, something to supplement your work, to help you get more involved with your finances, to switch off or switch on to a new generation of video and social media, there's a dApp for it.
Here are just some of the many kinds that are entering the blockchain world and coming to a mobile or computer screen near you.
The Needs And Musts
Civic – A data management system for blockchain users which offers a secure identity system too.
Toshi / Coinbase Wallet – As the name suggests, it's a decentralized cryptocurrency wallet. It also features systems like peer to peer chat and a dApp portal.
Ethereum Name Service – Tired of your overly complex Cryptocurrency Wallet name? Ethereum Name Service allows you to change it into a simplified, easier to remember crypto address.
Brave – A decentralized web browser which is integrated with BAT and ERC-20 Tokens.
uPort – uPort functions as a secure user identity and data management system powered by the Ethereum blockchain.
Status – Positioning itself as an all in one system, Status provides an Ethereum powered browser, along with user chat, and a dApp portal.
MetaMask – This serves as a plugin for your web browser, giving you access to other blockchain services through your computer.
Marketplaces And Platforms
Decentraland – A decentralized Virtual Reality experience, where users can buy individual plots of land and build their own experiences on them.
District0x – This serves as a platform where users can create interconnected marketplaces and token-powered communities.
AdChain – A token powered platform that serves as a publisher registry, optimizing digital advertising.
ETHland – A decentralized platform used for peer to peer lending, backed by a number of digital assets.
imbrex – Connects the real estate market with the community through its free global listing network.
RARE – A completely decentralized listing platform for rare, digital artwork, all verified by blockchain and bought and sold using cryptocurrency.
Gnosis – Based on top of the DutchX protocol and works as a prediction market, used for digital asset valuation.
Golem – A powerful, global, open-source and completely decentralized super-computer that anyone can put to work for them.
Aragon – Disintermediates the formation and management of organizations.
Tokit – A platform that's used for crowdfunding various media projects thanks to artist tokenization.
Augur – A blockchain-powered, decentralized prediction market, allowing users to make investment predictions on real-world events.
Ujo – A decentralized music and media streaming platform that uses blockchain for various services like licensing and royalty management for artists that use it.
All Work And No Play
It's not all just speculation, gaming and experiences, the blockchain world is becoming increasingly sophisticated, allowing users to put dApps to work for… well, work.
Balanc3 – An accounting platform, allowing users to keep on top of their crypto assets.
Gitcoin – This dApp allows users to monetize their work through the platform, providing an incentive for working for yourself.
Ethbalance – This acts as a decentralized recruitment and accounting tool, allowing users to find work and get paid in your crypto-assets of choice.
Bounties Network – Users can take on various ‘bounties' of work, allowing them to earn ERC-20 or Ethereum for any bounties they complete.
Out Of Facebook But Not Out Of The Loop – Social Media
Some of the recent examples set by Facebook and Twitter gave you second thoughts about them? Luckily blockchain dApps are right there with you!
Minds – Advocating a completely censorship-free approach towards social media which also integrates ERC-20 tokens to incentivize its users.
Peepeth – Like Twitter, but completely decentralized and token-powered.
Numa – Completely no-frills, but serves as a completely decentralized, distributed social media platform.
All Work And Even More Play – Games
While there have been an impressive number of platforms for work and social media, there are a vast number of blockchain games that use Ethereum. And here are just a select few of them!
Gods Unchained – A competitive Trading Card Game which aims to be the blockchain world's first esport.
Reality Clash – Powered by blockchain, Reality Clash is a first person shooter that immerses the player in an arena powered by Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Etheremon – Much like Pokémon, players catch and form a team of powerful monsters with the aim of defeating your opponents and going on adventures!
CryptoSpaceX – Explore the stars, build your own fleet and interstellar empire, or hang around the Vegastar and play minigames!
CryptoKitties – Build up your own collection of kitties, while also breeding your own unique ones to either add to your collection, or sell on for a profit!
FOMO3D – A cryptocurrency-based gaming and social experiment.
ETH.Town – Collect and build a real-estate empire, helped along the way by your own collection of heroes.
FunFair – A demonstrably safe, decentralized, safe and transparent casino.
Etheroll – A remarkably addictive game of rolling dice.
On The Market – Coin / Token Exchanges
These decentralized exchanges allow anyone to exchange their hard-earned fiat currencies for any number of accepted cryptocurrencies for the HODL or for general use, that's on you!
Bancor – A decentralized exchange, specializing in serving as a liquidity network, token exchange and bounty system.
AirSwap – A completely decentralized Token and Digital Asset Marketplace.
IDEX – Not only a decentralized marketplace for crypto, but it offers real-time trading and transaction throughput. Highly desirable for crypto investors or whales.
LocalEthereum – A safe, fast and private way to buy and sell ETH through a variety of methods.
ForkDelta – A decentralized cryptocurrency coin / token marketplace.
MakerDAO – A multifaceted DAO that features the OasisDEX exchange, investment products, and the DAI stablecoin.
0x – This serves as a protocol for decentralized cryptocurrency exchange that is put to use extensively by dApps like Radar Relay, Paradex, and DDEX.
MelonPort – A platform for decentralized digital asset management and investment.
For more information about what dApps are out there and how you can get yourself hooked up to the Web 3.0 as and when it happens, check out platforms like State of the Dapps or Dappradar.