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Is the Hype About Steem (STEEM) Justified?

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In this rapidly growing digital world, social media platforms have become an indispensable part of our quotidian life. Social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram are widely gaining popularity for myriads of functions. Apart from enabling users to connect with remote acquaintances, the social networking channels also serve as a powerful platform for sharing news and content. Although social media can be regarded as a dynamic space, it is not entirely free from exploitations and instances of consumer exploitations by social media multinationals are rampant across the globe. On the onset of such social media abuses, Steem (STEEM) has devised a potent networking platform that rewards its users.

The Steemit networking platform is a dynamic project, which operates as both a social network channel and blockchain; a platform for discussions and a reward system. Acknowledged for its radical approaches, this Steemit network has sparked widespread confusion. Here’s all you need to know about the hype about Steem (STEEM), a cryptocurrency regulating the Steemit network.

Steem (STEEM): The Social Media Game Changer

Operational from 2016, the Steemit networking platform allows users to create and curate content, just like any other content sharing network like Reddit. Although this blockchain is relatively a new addition to the crypto space, it has seen a flourishing growth in the user base. Nourished by a healthy follower base, this rising blockchain is powered by more than one virtual currency. Aside from Steem (STEEM), there are two other alternatives available to the users, Steem Dollars (SBD) and Steem Power (SP), to the users. Interestingly enough, Steem is not a regular digital currency and acts as a gateway between Steemit, the platform, and Steem Dollar, the virtual token powering the blockchain.

Just like Ethereum’s ERC20 tokens, Steem leverages Smart Media Tokens, but as opposed to Ethereum, Steem uses “Proof-of-Brain” protocols along with a reward system that has been specially developed the content business. Conveniently enough, the Steem (STEEM) token can be easily converted to Bitcoin and Ethereum for executing trades.

Steem and the Monetisation of Content

Steem has been conceived as a medium of distributing Smart Media Tokens or SMTs to millions of users, driving more participants to join the network. The users are rewarded with SMTs for publishing content on the social network, wherein they can earn revenue for socializing on the Steemit network. All participants, including content writers, editors, as well as curators, can add value while earning money. The monetization of content, which has been a domain of Google, that deploys AdSense for preservation, has a new entrant in the form of Steem. The users get to share their wins with the platform but the earnings are received in the token form, so users need to translate them into fiat currencies to make use of the funds in the real life.

Recent Developments on the Steem Blockchain

Investors who are attuned to the news must be aware of Steem’s sudden rise. With the majority of cryptocurrencies trading in the red, Steem’s upsurge took the community by surprise. The currency, which was invisible for a long time, has seen a steady rise in the price. As per the recent update posted by Steemit blog, the token experienced a threefold increase in trading volume, which coincides with a 30% hike in the prices.

Going by some of the developments that have taken place on the Steemit blockchain in the past few weeks, it’s not hard to figure out what sparked the interest of the investors.  The new update, Equality Version 0.19.3, along with other significant events like Steem’s listing on Huobi and Hadax, has influenced its response to the market, improving its market reach by and by. In addition to this, Steem has also invigorated fresh interest due to upcoming Hivemind protocol, which will boost community functionality on the Steemit network.

 Steem’s Market Reach

This year has been a big year for lesser-known altcoins, which have gained momentum from the price slump. Among the most promising coins in the market, mention must be made of Steem, which has made a smashing comeback in April. The cryptocurrency, which witnessed a steady 30% gain, has managed to persevere. As per the latest updates, Steem’s (STEEM) total cryptocurrency reaches $998,394,058. Steem, which traded up 1.88% on May 2, has a trading volume of $12,783,100. Trading at $3.93, Steem has slipped 0.69% from its earlier position. Overall, its performance has been consistent in the market, showing signs of further growth. Now that the network has monetized content sharing, Steemit blockchain is all set to embrace new changes. Looking at its accomplishments, it is not hard to imagine it as a powerful contender competing with the likes of Facebook and Reddit.

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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