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Steve Clark
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More often on Steemit. Open source and it pays you too
More often on Steemit. Open source and it pays you too

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There's a new game on the #Steem blockchain called #Drugwars. It's a resource management thing where you can win some Steem each. It's free to play, but you can build things faster if you pay. If you need a Steem account then give me a shout.
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Guardian writer Alex Hern doesn't think anyone used G+, but then journalists seem obsessed with Twitter. I guess they crave those instant updates to see what is going on and don't think amateur blogs are interesting.

I have told Google to create an archive for me to download, but it doesn't seem to be progressing. It needs to finish before they shut it down.

Update: I've downloaded my 1.8GB of data. Will have a look at it some time.
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I created a #Steem account for the cat. I've claimed about 20 accounts that I can just give away and wanted to try creating one. Now I know how I'm happy I can do more. If you have a good presence on other social media then contact me if you want to be on one that earns you something.
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Only a couple of months of G+ left. If you want a free #Steem account then let me know.

I ought to download my G+ data and see if I can do something with it.
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Dapps > Apps?

The crypto-based 'distributed apps' are really taking off, even if they are still under the radar. Some serious money involved. I've spent a little of my Steem on #SteemMonsters. I may win cards that are worth selling.

They are comparing dapps to what the App Store made in its first year and it makes 1000x as much now. We need to see if dapps can scale.

I still have some free #Steem accounts to give away if you are looking for somewhere to go when G+ is killed off.

The article mentions a project by Steemian roelandp, who I have met. He's created some fun projects as well as organising Steemfest for the last 3 years.
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The #Brexit gift keeps on giving. What a shambles.
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I've written a little introduction to the #Steem/#Steemit platform to say what it can offer people. I have some accounts I want to give away, so please contact me if you are interested. These will go to people who I think will add value to Steem.
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A misleading headline about #Steemit. A hacker group (Dark Overlord) signed up there recently and is blackmailing someone with data they have about 9/11. Seems that account was added to a small list of some that will be hidden from the Steemit site. That doesn't mean Steemit Inc can change what is on the Steem blockchain and the group's posts will still be visible on the many other front ends, unless they decide to block them too. Anyone running a site like this needs terms of service to protect them from local laws. You can also access the #blockchain via local apps, so it's a limited form of censorship.

I know various people and groups are being driven off the big social sites as their views are not acceptable and they are looking for alternatives. A blockchain like Steem seems like a natural home for them. Not that I'm so interested in extremists and hackers, but freedom is a valuable thing.
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You probably know that Google+ is shutting down soon. That's a shame. This community got bigger than I expected, but I don't have plans to move it elsewhere. If someone else wants to set something up and encourage people to use it then please go ahead.

I still have my G3X and use it regularly.

I've got around 1500 followers on my G+ profile and collections compared with over 5000 on Steem/#Steemit. Of course most of those are inactive (on both platforms), but I get lots of good engagement on Steem. There's lots going on there with all sorts of 'dapps' (distributed apps) in development. I've been getting addicted to the +SteemMonsters game. It looks like a lot of players don't do any of the social blogging stuff.

I'm planning a big post soon that will introduce new users to what Steem and Steemit are all about. I think lots of people stand to benefit from using it. There's recent news of a hacking group joining up, but it's not just for those trying to escape censorship. I think it has some of the best potential to actually earn from what you do and it doesn't depend on ads, although they are introducing them on Steemit. I think that's just if you are not logged in. Note that there are many different ways to access the Steem blockchain on the web or through apps.

Steem does require a little more technical diligence than other platforms. You have to secure several different keys (use a password manager). If you lose control of your account there is a recovery option, but you still need to be very careful. There are some ways to authorise dapps to access your account without giving away your keys. Things like that keep improving.

One issue has been in getting new accounts verified. It could take a while unless you were willing to pay a few dollars for one as they were trying to minimise fake accounts. I have claimed some accounts that I will give away and delegate to. I want them to go to people who will add value to the system. If you are interested then please drop me a line. Priority will go to people I already know and to established accounts with a good track record.
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