Introduction to Byteball — Part 4: Adoption
This is part 4 of 4 from a series about Byteball. Part 1 covers the why of Byteball, part 2 explains how the DAG works. Part 3 is about smart contracts. So if you missed those, read them now and then come back to this one.
Rather watch a video than read a story? Then watch the YouTube link below. If not, just keep on reading.
In part 1 of this series I started explaining why contracts are a social thing. You need at least two people to make a contract. So to get Byteball off the ground we need many, many users. Getting into this ecosystem should be really easy then.
That’s why Tony created a wallet that is really easy to use. It really is, you have to try it yourself.
And to make it even easier we had to do a few things differently. Most of the applications on the platform are accessible as chatbots. Everyone uses chat apps these days so that should be quite familiar. This makes it also really fast and easy to develop new apps, which in turn helps to get more users.
The bots are found right within the wallet in a so called Bot store — which is similar to the Apple App Store. This makes it easy for developers to reach users, and for users to discover apps.
And if that wasn’t enough Byteball is distributed for free. Anybody with some Bitcoin can participate in the distribution. Visit the Byteball wiki for more details.
Oh wait, there is one more thing…
Remember Pikapay? Remember ChangeTip?
If you don’t: they allowed to send Bitcoins to anybody on Twitter or Reddit, even if they did not have a Bitcoin wallet yet.
We want cryptocurrencies to be as easy to use as possible,
And now, instead of cryptic addresses, the Byteball wallet will allow you to send money to an email address. You just write an email address where you would normally write a Byteball address. Or — perhaps even better- you can send coins through text message, Whatsapp, Telegram, Viber, WeChat, or any other chat app.
The recipient just receives a link in their e-mail or chat message. He clicks the link and the coins are instantly added to his balance. Or, if he doesn’t have the wallet yet, he is prompted to install.
Who said crypto has to be cryptic? :)
So after a long drive home this week I thought I’d do a little experiment and create a crossword puzzle using this awesome textcoin feature.
It was well received for a first try so I’m going to work on this idea some more! Stay tuned for more textcoin ideas :)
So, that was my brief overview of Byteball in a series of 4 articles/videos.
I hope you liked them and perhaps you will now understand why I love Byteball so much.