WHY CREATE STEEMPEAK.COM?
When I first joined STEEM I didn't realize Steemit.com was simply one of several ways to interact with the Steem blockchain. (I also didn't realize that steemit the site rarely got updates because the focus was on the blockchain itself not the interface.)
A DOZEN OUTSIDE TOOLS
For months I'd use random 3rd party sites for stuff like
- Creating and saving drafts
- Checking statistical charts
- See who commonly voted on my work
- Check the value and power of votes
I'd live on places like steemworld, steemwriter, upvoters, steemd, steemauto, ginabot, steemitmoreinfo... i loved that developers could create cool new tools and I was ok going to 8 different sites looking for answers. Back then there wasn't a better way.
Little did I know 6 months later I'd be helping a team to create a site that would have everything I needed and more. Now I'm creating a new interface that is not just a more visually pleasing but an interface that could include ALL those features into ONE LOCATION and save me major amounts of time and be usable.
@steempeak has certainly made STEEM way more enjoyable and has saved me tons of valuable time.
Our team (@asgarth, @dmytrokorol and myself) wanted to create a site first and foremost for ourselves that would have EVERYTHING we wanted in one place. But we also wanted a site that we could refer to our friends that wouldn't confuse the crap out of them. It took me months to get a hang out Steem/steemit and I wanted to help create a place where it would be intuitive and easy for a beginner. (But first came the cool tools)
- ONE LOCATION FOR EVERYTHING
- INTUITIVE FOR BEGINNERS
- SAVE TIME (is a by-product)
1. BIG PICTURES / GREAT LAYOUT
BIG AND BEAUTIFUL!!
We are not content and want it to be even better... but already it just seems so much more intuitive specially for a beginner which is a big goal. But even more exciting is that pictures are larger!! As a photographer this is a big deal and I think everyone is excited!
But let us know where things can be made more beautiful all while increasing the intuitive value of the site for beginners. We're not done improving the look even though so much time has been put into new Features.
2. GRID MODE
Lots of people are going crazy about the cool grid mode.
Personally i have refrained because I love seeing pictures large and I'm waiting for Grid mode to have quick comments and votes. But I understand the huge appeal.
3. DRAFTS AND TEMPLATES
I go on lots of photo trips and I get busy with other projects so some days it's hard for me to write up posts. That's why drafts is such a magical thing. Sure we can save the text in a google doc, on gmail or use steemwriter but having it ON the blogging platform is a whole new world... I promise you. And to be able to organize them... extra bonus.
Then to be able to save templates of the most common way I create drafts is also a big deal and huge time saving and organizational feature.
Like i said when I'm gone traveling the world for pictures I am not always at the computer with my pictures and keyboard and time to post cool posts. I can use my cell phone to respond and continue voting and interacting but creating posts has always been difficult for me on any platform while I'm traveling or deep involved in a side project. So scheduling is a life saver!!
I've found the tool has saved me time and actually led to more interaction and voting from me
5. SLIDESHOW OF ALL PICTURES
SCROLL THROUGH ALL THE PICTURES!!
This is perhaps one of the coolest things for this Photographer... specially as someone who always posts tons of pictures in my posts. But I also follow plenty of curation accounts and going through their pictures quickly is a beautiful thing.
6. CHARTS AND STATISTICS DASHBOARD
I have visited numerous sites looking for charts and statistics about my progress on Steem... I know how beautiful it is to have ALL the charts in ONE LOCATION. Truth is we haven't updated or created new charts since the day SteemPeak was released so we're do to create and make these better.
In fact I joined the team when I was looking for a way to automate this concept of GSMI (Gauranteed Steemit Minimum Income) as a statistic that could be more trustable way to judge growth on your account. @asgarth was able to create that and I was sold. We still need to do a few more things to automate that and then publicize or more deeply integrate it.
I personally am waiting to use the stats/charts more when after we update them. I don't get much value from daily statistics I would prefer the numbers to be plotted by the week. But I know how exciting having charts on the same place you do all your other interactions is a really awesome concept. I'd love to hear what other charts and stats you'd like to see in this dashboard.
7. NO KEYS GIVEN TO STEEMPEAK... EVER
I am a big believer of crypto key security. The passwords we use should be guarded tightly and I personally think you should NEVER EVER use your master key (the original key you were given) except for when you need to change your password. I think every user should only use Posting or Active keys (aka passwords)
Also never use your active or even posting on a site you don't really really trust.
We expect you all to have the same concern. So we went with a trusted system called SteemConnect.
You will never input your keys into steempeak.com... all actions on the chain on the steempeak site are done via steemconnect.
Petition to steem connect
In addition we ask that SteemConnect fix or help us figure out a better way for people to login using the Posting Key. There is little reason to need the Active key on steempeak but right now we are limited by SteemConnect. (Note: there is a work around to this problem so many accounts are able to use their posting key but still... it shouldn't need to be a work around so please those who have connections to SteemConnect tell them we're begging them to fix this)
8. QUICK ACCOUNT CHANGE
Probably the second most time saving feature on SteemPeak for me. And a huge one for anyone that is a contributor on more than one account. Once you connect SteemConnect to multiple accounts you can then switch in an INSTANT.
9. ORGANIZE-ABLE BOOKMARKS
This tool is gonna be more exciting than you think.
Don't think "browser bookmarks"... think more pinterest.
You'll find yourself marking tons of informative steem articles, saving contests you're interested in and of course saving longer posts you want to save for later.
The ability to give the bookmark tags makes bookmarks much more usable and opens up lots of use cases. Favorite recipes, ideas for future posts, how-to documents, places you want to go and a whole slew of rationales that made Pinterest a phenomena.
I'm excited for bookmarks to get even more updates and features. Stay tuned.
10. SAVED USERS AND TOPICS
Any constantly repeated actions should have a quick option. We were all constantly going to particular accounts and having to go into the URL and remember the exact spelling was a pain. So we created the ability to save those topics and users and get to them quickly.
11. VOTING TOOLS AND SLIDER FOR ALL
Not only can you quickly and easily see the voting power, voting value of each vote you get. Every user gets access to the voting slider. It's big beautiful and easy to use. And in the settings you can set your default values for voting on posts and comments saving you tons of time over the weeks and months.
12. FILTER OUT RE-STEEMS
You may want them or you may not... at least you have the choice now.
This was a recent request by a user on our Discord
We all have accounts we love and we want to support and some of the accounts we love happen to resteem a ton!! Sometimes we like seeing the new content they bring us and sometimes we just want to see the blogs from the accounts we personally follow.
13. RESPOND IN FEED
This is the feature that has saved me the most time of any feature.
I still can't believe that at one point I had to go to my original post just to be able to respond to a reply someone had sent me. Why would I need to go back to a post I was intimately familiar with because I personally wrote? Why can't i just see the comment and respond right there. If you don't understand what I'm talking about just go to SteemPeak go to the replies section and reply to a few comments and then I go back to the old way. It'll make you cringe.
Again more time saved means more of my life regained and more interaction I can do.
14. NO DELAY IN COMMENTING AND VOTING
Granted that a new update to STEEM has actually made this not quite as pivotal as previous it's still really handy to have.
Steem Blockchain has a feature that makes us wait 3 seconds between commenting and voting. I understand the logic behind it but up until recently the delay for commenting was 20 seconds not 3 seconds so we simply created a queue which would take your votes and comments and wait to post them when it was appropriate.
15. WATCH VIDEOS IN THE FEED
You can watch Dtube videos right from the feed. YouTube coming soon.
This basically means you don't have to go into the post... specially when many video posts are only the video anyway so there's really no reason to need to go to the post.... you're getting all the content anyway and as we already know you can respond right in the feed as well.
16. FILTER THE WALLET
I have done things like look at how much I've sent an account (like @steemmonsters) or I'll check binance activity for me or others. I can also check on bid-bot activity. There's tons of options for searching the wallet aspects of the blockchain easily and quickly on accounts.
17. FULL POST INSIDE OF FEED
That's right there's an option to EXPAND and be able to see the whole post without having to leave your FEED.
You don't even have to loose your place in the feed you can read it all you can comment you can vote. OR you can go to the post just like always... but now you have a choice.
18. MORE COMING SOON??
- Private (off-chain) messaging
- Improved editor functions
- Curation Trail
- More charts
- And many PRO level features
19. SPEED OF DEVELOPMENT
We have proven that we are dedicated and quick.
We acknowledge there are errors to fix and @asgarth fixes them shockingly fast.
We do tons of updates EVERY WEEK.
We lost count of what version number we should be on because we've updated so many times.
There are tons more exciting features now than there were when we started a month ago.
This should make you excited about the future. We have a bunch of even more advanced PRO features.
20. NO COST PER POST
I didn't even know this would be a question but apparently some sites charge a small fee to post using their system. We don't think that is bad because they're putting in valuable work but we just have chosen to not go down that route.
We have not promoted SteemPeak very much in the 4 weeks since launch. (On Purpose) We've been able to expand features and fix errors without the pressure of tons of users. Now we're ready for the primetime. And @asgarth has a consistent track record of responding to requests and bug reports in an insanely fast fashion. so... We're Ready for the Limelight.
And that's why I'm promoting this post. If anything deserves to be on the top of rewards @steempeak needs to be known about and seen.