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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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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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