I came across an interesting proposal/project on BitcoinTalk earlier today. Despite all of the cluttering , spamming and trolling taking place on that forum, there is some relevant information to be found every now and then. What does ‘messaging on the blockchain’ look like, I wonder?
While there are digital currencies out there who are working towards messaging/advertising on the blockchain, it’s still a bit of niche project. And to be frank, having some competition in that niche wouldn’t be a bad thing if you ask me!
In order to adopt a form of Twitter-esque messaging to the blockchain, a lot of work still needs to be done. However, the proposal has been laid out already, in the form of SYYK. SYYK demonstrates the possibility of decentralized, uncensorable and absolute free (public) messaging on the blockchain.
SYYK is a Proof-of-Concept, and uses the power of the Syscoin blockchain’s data aliases, in combination with a JSON payload for both timestamps and messages. The data alias will store the message data JSON array , which will then be parsed by the website as you can see in the screenshot below.
A “master data alias” has been created which contains a new array storing the “followers”. This “master data alias” has been created because the data of a data alias that is not owned by the user can be seen by the public as well.
To put this into context, the master data alias is parsed, and thereafter each follower’s data. Do keep in mind that SYYK is currently still in its early alpha stage, and a lot of coding needs to be done. Eventually, SYYK will become much larger and more powerful, turning it into a perfect money machine to attract investors.
Implementing Facebook on the blockchain is the next step for the SYYK developer. In the alpha stage, there will be support for profile pictures, status messages and message updates, exactly like the SYYK akpha shows now.
I did mention the plan is to build all of the above on top of the Syscoin blockchain, and therefore it is necessary to have the SysCore implementation done , so lightweight applications can be built on top of it. SYYK would be one of those lightweight apps.
The developer envisions lightweight Android and iOS applications for SYYK, but they are not too practical as of right now. These apps would still need to download and store the entire blockchain plus the wallet on the phone.
In order to secure user data and protect user privacy to some extent, on-chain encryption is a must have. The Syscoin team is reportedly working on just that, and once finished, it could be implemented as a private messaging feature for SocialChain.