Indie Hackers Podcast

Indie Hackers Podcast 203: Mubashar Iqbal

Published: April 23, 2021, 7:40 p.m.

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Decentralization has the potential to create a more open and fair social media platform, but it also comes with challenges such as ensuring content quality and preventing misuse.

"The hard thing is building a social network is hard. Whether it's decentralized or not, like getting people to adopt a social network and like getting the network effects to work. Like there's a reason there's only a few big social networking companies because it's extremely hard to do."

Speculation is a significant driver in crypto markets, and it can lead to both positive and negative outcomes for users and investors.

"The main use case has been speculation. People just want to buy stuff and guess that the price is going to go up. And so like the big winners have been like all these websites like Coinbase that allow you like, or maybe Robinhood that allow you to trade cryptocurrency to like, you know, this so-called greater fool who's going to buy it at an even higher price than you bought it for."

Creating a social network with built-in financial incentives can lead to unique user interactions and engagement, but it also requires careful consideration of ethical implications.

"There's not a company behind it standing behind saying what you can and can't do in it. Because that's the problem with me. Just like any platform that is going to be centrally closed, they're going to have a big say about what you can and can't do, the things that you can talk about, the things that you can and can't say."

Decentralized platforms can provide users with more control over their data and online presence, but they also require users to take responsibility for managing their own security and privacy.

"Every time you log into the website, everybody in the BitClout team can basically see your password. And so you're not supposed to code websites like that."

The success of a decentralized platform depends on its ability to attract and retain users, as well as its capacity to address potential regulatory and security concerns.

"Assuming it does work out and assuming lots of people adopt it, I think it's pretty promising and at the very least will be a lot of fun."

Episode Details

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Customer Acquisition

Bitclout acquires customers through a combination of targeted marketing, influencer partnerships, and community building efforts focused on attracting early adopters and crypto enthusiasts.

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Software Development


Social Media and Community Building

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