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Social Media Website Based on Bitcoin Prepares to Launch with Off-chain Transactions

Bitcoin and its underlying technology have numerous applications and millennials are reaping the comforts of the set-up. One such brilliant innovation has been built over the foundation of Bitcoin  technology in a newly launched social media website called ‘Yours.’ The website has been launched on Bitcoin’s testnet to test out micropayments on the social network. The website claims to offer an ‘array of payment models’ that allow users to make money through their content.

How the website works

The website operates on a simple purchase model that is wrapped in a suspenseful way leading people into buying content. Any user who puts up content on ‘Yours’ can post anything as simple as an article, blog piece, pictures or a video and can select the point at which they want a pay wall. For viewing the content past that point, people have to pay the price and in turn, the creators of the content get paid. Ryan Charles, formerly Reddit’s cryptocurrency engineer explains:

“Everybody who posts content to Yours – including articles, video, images, audio – can pick a place in their content to put a pay wall. So, if you write a compelling article with a cliffhanger, you can hide the conclusion behind, say, a ten cent pay wall.”

Tackling the problem of micropayments

The website will offer a micropayments wallet in addition to content pay walls. This has been a technically controversial area for Bitcoin as the transactional costs of the Bitcoin network have gone up in the recent years. However, ‘Yours’ has set out to repair this problem by developing a smart contract similar to Lightning Network but doesn’t utilize Segwit. It is completely dependent on Bitcoin alone and hence is very complicated in design. Yours allows users to possess their private keys and have full custodial control over their funds at all times while being able to participate in off-chain zero fee transactions with other users.

Posting and various payment models

With the ‘Yours’ testnet launched, anybody can pay for content but not everyone can post. One has to do a one-on-one demo with the ‘Yours’ team so that they can get your real-time feedback about the experience. There are numerous models allowing individuals to get paid on Yours in addition to paywalls on content. A classic endorsement model will allow content creators to earn as users pay to upvote their content. Commenters can earn when their comments are upvoted. Individuals can also invest in a creator’s content, and earn returns on the content’s income over time.

How the platform will take off and revolutionize content writing and marketing domain is to be seen.

BTC-China launches Multi-currency wallet, looks to increase adoption by Social Media Integration

February saw an iconic change in the functioning of Bitcoin markets after the Chinese Exchanges stopped withdrawals from their exchanges citing regulatory reasons. Bitcoin has been historically powered by any adverse movements in the Chinese Markets and has been majorly been a hedging ground and speculation vehicle. With the Chinese Government imposing strict restrictions on ‘Capital Flight’, Bitcoin has come under major scrutiny that prompted a closed door meeting of PBOC with top Chinese Bitcoin Exchanges. The Chinese government is skeptical that people are banking on Bitcoin to get the money out of the country and hence have enforced exchanges to stop withdrawals till the exchanges have a regulatory set up in place.

The PBOC intervention:


While the exchanges are taking sufficient time to set up the required monitoring system, they have extended the suspension of withdrawals. The dwindling Bitcoin volumes from China were an indication of how automated traders were flushed out from Bitcoin Markets and pseudo Chinese volumes were avoided. This has allowed Bitcoin’s perceived value to move closer to its real value and gave the market participants a good glimpse of the adoption status of the cryptocurrency and its true market presence. BTC China, famously known as BTCC has been optimistic about the cryptocurrency despite all the hurdles.

The wallet features and social media adoption:


BTC China’s CEO, Bobby Lee recently tweeted his prediction placing Bitcoin’s price in the range of $5,000-$10,000 by the end of 2020. To pace up the adoption and promote the cryptocurrency, the exchange has come out with interesting features for Bitcoin users. The exchange which already mints physical Bitcoins for usage, has now entered the mobile payments market. The platform- Mobi is a multi-currency mobile wallet that enables bitcoin storage and conversion. One can convert to over 100 currencies including gold and silver. The wallet has no registration process and enables users to register with the phone number associated with their mobile device.

The app enables customers to transfer every currency the platform supports to Twitter and through SMS text as well. With cryptocurrencies’ adoption relying heavily on social media publicity, this was a premeditated attempt to use it to integrate the platforms for better and comfortable usage.

“With Mobi, we are taking Bitcoin mainstream”, stated the Bitcoin start-up.