EOS-based Murmur is on a mission to decentralize social networking.
Written by Murmur Team
Proponents of decentralized networks have predicted social media as we know it will be upended with the radical application of blockchain. And apps like Murmur - the decentralized Twitter-like app on EOS - are emerging as the apostles of the free-market economy, enabled - at their core - by blockchain.
After weeks of anticipation, Murmur today announced that their app is now available on iTunes.
The team launched their new-age decentralized microblogging platform on Android a few months ago in October, following it up with a slew of exciting app updates and new features, including an in-app EOS wallet (for storing and transaction EOS assets) and now EOS account creation capabilities. The same can now be enjoyed via their iOS app.
Although of niche interest today, Murmur has the makings of the large, more mainstream social network that could one day serve as an ecosystem in itself - much like Facebook and Twitter, but, at a nuclear level, quite different. “What we are trying to do at Murmur is not build a new Twitter, but a completely new kind of microblogging platform that’s entirely user-driven and user-controlled. On Murmur, users exercise control over their data, socially connect in safe and interesting ways without entrusting their data to some central middlemen and without confirming with arbitrary rules of content publishing. Then, they take back value for using Murmur (for creation and/or engagement) in the form of EOS-based MUR token, as paid for by the platform and the partner,” notes Abhinav Ramesh, founder and CEO of Murmur.
As the air of distrust around conventional social media grows thick with increasing instances of privacy breach, fake news spread and hate speech, what is becoming clearer is how much the social media platforms and their algorithms, in their current forms, are tuned to influence our social experiences. And as faith in these social media giants’ abilities to honor, protect and promote user interests dwindles, we will see the tides turn in favor of decentralized social media platforms that put people in power - of their data, of their social media experiences, and of truth.
On the face of it, Murmur - the dapp - is to be lauded for being the champion of the censorship-resistant social sharing. On a deeper level, though, it is serving as a gateway to blockchain (EOS in this case) that opens users, especially those new to the world of dapps, to a much larger, much more profound and prolific universe of the blockchain that’s less centralized, more distributed, and more reliable than any other technology out there.
As discussions about data ownership, open protocols, and distributed databases become more and more mainstream, it is social media platforms like Murmur that will sustain.
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