057. Weekend Recap: If you buidl it, we’re there.
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Whew. Another long few days defending the $clout price at $100. We’re spent, we can only imagine that y’all are too 😫. Should we keep hodling the line? Would $clout at $69 even be such a bad thing? After all, if we’re here for the long haul, we could snap up more of our fav cryptocurrency for cheap?
Another idea, we’ll just stop sweating it 💁♀️. Let’s focus instead on all the building, engagement, and fun across BitClout from this weekend. Sound guud? You know the drill 👇👇👇
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Bits on the menu today:
Diamondhands’ drops 💎
Let’s get the balling rolling with an exclusive look at today’s movers and shakers, brought to you by @bitcloutsignal:
And now let’s take a gander at the community projects that are gaining momentum, coming ‘actha live from our partners at @bithunt:
#2 Ubiquitous UX drops: *tumbleweed blows by* 💨
Not a ton over the weekend from @diamondhands and co as far as new 💦s are concerned. It does seem like they’re cookin’ up some HEAT tho, as a lot of community projects are experiencing difficulties with the main BitClout API rn. Typically that means there’s somethin’ brewing…
In the mean time, there has been lots of encouraging movement in terms of community devs’ clout improvement proposals getting approved. Of course, once approved by the ‘core’ dev team, proposals still need to be built, and then there’s still a verification / vetting process before they get pushed live.
One such example over the past 48 hours? @maebeam approved one of @brootle’s pull-requests (a term now reserved for smaller updates) that would maintain search functionality on BitClout when you include “@”s in the search query.
While small, we reckon lots of these tweaks and updates will start getting approved faster now that there is a documented process for making proposals and getting them through. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day; we’re entering the dog days of BitClout where it’s all hands on deck to lay the foundations for a platform that will ideally see DAUs rise again.
Looking for some more tasty news on the dev side? Don’t worry, our next two sections have you covered on stellar new community projects ✨.
#3 Projects in focus: @Cloutavista elevates search ✨
While drops from the core dev team were limited this weekend as they (likely) continue to fine tune things for NFTs, there was a massive community project drop that instantly garnered support from @diamondhands:
With a name inspired by AltaVista, a web search engine built in 1995, @cloutavista is the new leader in search on BitClout. Built by @danielkeyes, the site, cloutavista.com, features a very sleek interface and a very fast search functionality for BitClout. Like any good search engine, you can also execute all kinds of advanced searches:
Now that we’re into the second quarter of BitClout’s existence, it’s fun to watch competition pop up. We have more than one contender for top iOS app, and now we have more than one tool for search (we covered @searchclout in these pages just a few issues ago). Gone are the days where everything is a ‘first’. And good thing for it. The first players in a space are rarely the winners, regardless of what first-mover-advantages can be conferred. Competition across the board may sink individual ships, but it will raise most boats as far as BitClout as a whole is concerned 🌊.
#4 Projects in focus: @ChimeIn envisions a brave new world 🌆
What’s that you see in the distance? A glistening new metropolis hovering above the clouds? ⛅ From the minds of @yazin and another as-of-yet anonymous dev, what you’re seeing isn’t an optical illusion — it’s @ChimeIn.
At its core, @ChimeIn is a more BitClout-integrated version of Clubhouse. Built with BitClout identity, it offers a seamless way for BitClout users to join audio rooms together using their BitClout profile. It’s also ripe with thoughtful integrations, such as ‘Buy Coin’ links that direct you easily back to a users creator coin, you know in case they said something insightful just now and you want to invest ASAP 💰.
@yazin has more ambitious plans for @ChimeIn than just being Clubhouse for BitClout, though. Long-term, we can envision @ChimeIn turning into an entire metaverse, with dedicated real estate and buildings for different topics or communities on BitClout. To see what we see, it helps to take a gander at the UI @yazin has built. @yazin notes that his focus on UI was inspired by how many artists and creatives there are on BitClout. As such, the @ChimeIn interface was optimized around a more visual experience, as compared to say Clubhouse or conventional chat interfaces.
Within this virtual landscape, buildings represent different audio rooms focused on different topics. You can jump from room to room based on topics.
Currently, @ChimeIn is only available on web; @yazin notes mobile versions are coming in the next few weeks. The room topics are fixed and set-up by @yazin based on feedback/requests. Over time however, @yazin welcomes the community playing a larger role in setting topics, creating new rooms and expanding the metaverse, so-to-speak.
We can imagine a future in which there will be entire custom cities for different communities. Perhaps you’ll be able to buy real estate the way you can in Decentraland? NFT galleries will pop up left and right. Maybe folks will be strolling down main street in their finest Sunday digital avatars? Who knows. Above all, @yazin wants this future to be community-directed. If the community requests it, he says he’ll build it. And if he builds it, we’ll come 💪.
#5 General absurdity: Yacht szn 🚢
No matter that $clout is flirting with new lows. We don’t need $clout at $1,000 to start the party. Or to start yachting.
Speaking of, @Tropix is doing his utmost to make sure folks ain’t sweating the small stuff tonight. Besides continuing his ascendency as one of our fav BitClout-native musicians, @Tropix is hosting a set on a yacht in the Hudson tonight. To boot? He’s getting ‘clouters privileged access to listen to him DJ.
We’d say a good ol’ fashioned yacht party on a NYC summer night qualifies as general absurdity, eh? 🚢🗽🍹 Keep doing what you’re doing @Tropix.
Anyone got pics from the show? Any men, women or bots overboard yet?? We’re hoping to see some BitClout logos plastered all over that boat 👀
Alrighty folks, we’re hitting the hay. We recommend y’all get some sleep too, we’re optimistic this coming week will be a big one. Wen NFTs???
P.S. hodl until odl ya nerds.