Update on Yours.org (Jan 2019)

logo and text for Yours.org

Yours.org is a platform for posting content that can receive (lifetime) tips/rewards via crypto. Funding one’s wallet and tipping other user’s content (or unlocking it) is a quick and easy process, and the interface is clean and user-friendly. The fact that every vote, comment or contribution costs something is very interesting. It means there are no ads, as the site takes a fee, and spam is greatly reduced (that’s the hope anyway).

It’s recently back online and now connects to BitcoinSV (previously it connected to Bitcoin Cash) so any tips received for creative (lifetime) content will – now – be in this.

It’s a worrying thing when one’s content goes offline, even because of a cryptocurrency hard fork (not so ‘lifetime’ maybe). Any content contributed to Yours.org is not decentralised as in say Steemit (which uses the distributed Steem blockchain), so are advised to backup funds regularly. Any BitcoinSV that you make is stored inside your web browser (and not on their servers) so you do have full control over it. You just need to remember a password and mnemonic and keep them safely.

But despite the content infrastructure not being ideal, it’s not otherwise a problem. Most people using Steemit have no idea about how different the infrastructure behind it is. Yours.org at least provides a way for people to monetise any content quickly and easily onto a community or platform of fellow crypto users and techies. It also means content is fully editable.

You can choose where to place a paywall in your content (or leave it all for free) which is also a nice feature. The text editor is easy to use, but works paragraph to paragraph, and images can only be linked to, at present.

There is also upvoting or discovery of content. It might be easier to quote directly from the Help section:

You can earn Bitcoin SV by voting on good content early. Each vote costs 25¢ and the payment goes to earlier voters and the creator. If many people vote on the same content after you, you profit.

For example, suppose Alice makes a post. Bob votes on her post and pays 25¢ to Alice. Then Carol votes on the post and pays 25¢: 12.5¢ goes to Alice and 12.5¢ goes to Bob. Then Dave votes on the post and pays 25¢: 8.3¢ goes to Alice, 8.3¢ goes to Bob, and 8.3¢ goes to Carol. The first quarter of voters always profit.

The founder of the site is an influential Bitcoin Cash/SV advocate, which is why we may not see other cryptos added, but this could be where the future limitation of the site lies. There could be further outages. However, a governed blockchain project also has its uncertainties.

For more widespread use the sister project is Money Button which takes the whole tipping feature beyond the confines of Yours.org and across the web, for example as a WordPress plug-in etc. This allows for anyone anywhere to create a tipping button and add it to their site or page, and it includes a range of cryptos.

I’m happy to see the site back up and running, and transfer of wealth buzzing about this space and – with the Money Button project – beyond…

Read the Yours.org Help/FAQ section for yourself, before getting started earning or supporting some great writers and artists (such as Satoshi Doodles).

[You can also check out some of my own creative writing experiments etc. on Yours.org here…]

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