What is a Public Lens?

By: Kyle Guin // Marketing Lead

To kick this off go check out publiclens.mylens.io/#kyleguin. Now I know what you’re thinking, Kyle why are you excited about this terrible early 2000’s looking social media? Well there’s more to it you than what you think, this public Lens is the start to a new era. This basic little profile is changing the way we’re able to use the internet…see over the past decade the only way for us to share information, be discovered by the world, and share photos of our pets on the internet was to create an account on a platform like Facebook and Google. The disadvantage to these services is when we sign up we must sign a terms and service agreement which gives them access to our most personal information and the permission to share and sell it. Their free service isn’t really free.

So why is this Public Lens the greatest thing since sliced bread? Well essentially it allows you to have a presence on the internet, be searchable, and share photos of your dog without signing up for any social platforms. The Public Lens is hosted on my laptop and backed up by a second peer I created with a tool called hashbase. Think about it, I am on the internet without having to give up any personal information. I am on the internet without being tracked by any companies. I am on the internet completely on my own terms. This is what data ownership looks like.

To put this in perspective if I turned off my computer it would end my whole internet existence. In today’s world even if you were to delete every social profile your information would still exist across the internet stored in some companies server.

So did I convince you? Do you want your own public lens? If you do, we’re getting closer to releasing something like this to the public. I’d love to give you one today but the user interface is a bunch of lines of code and you need to know your way around terminal to operate it. We’re packaging this up and hoping to release it to the public in early 2019. If you’re interested in being an early adopter head over to my Public Lens and request my contact info and I’ll get back to you!